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Former Bellagio employee sues resort

Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 21:59:24-05

A woman formally employed by the Bellagio Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit against the billion dollar resort.

In new court documents, Vilma Miel says she was a cage cashier for MGM Resorts International since 1995.

She claims in her lawsuit that her boss began to harass her in 2014.

Miel says she began to be subject of harassment after she expressed to management that she wanted to advance her career, but was denied promotions.

Miel alleges that her boss called her an "old woman" and told her that Filipinos "originated from monkeys." She claims she was also referred to as "one of your kind."

She says she filed a complaint with human resources, and was then denied Paid Time Off that she requested six months in advance. Miel said she desperately needed the time off to go to the Phillipines to take care of some property she inherited from her parents.

The lawsuit claims management didn't approve her PTO because she didn't express urgency.

She also claims she developed carpal tunnel syndrome during the 2015 Chinese New Year. Miel says she went to the Philippines to get treatment. When she came back, she was suspended and ultimately fired.
Miel is suing for discrimination based on national origin, age, and disability.
Action News has requested a statement from the Bellagio, but has not heard back.