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Las Vegas has always been known for having gorgeous females throughout the casinos. Therefore, do you think a Las Vegas casino should have the right to hire only attractive females for cocktail waitresses and be able to fire the cocktail waitress when they get older or gain a few pounds, or even become pregnant?  What is your opinion?  Why or Why Not?
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I feel a company should be allowed to hire who ever they want and fire who ever they want.  This idea that a company is at the mercy of the employee is crazy.  Look at other countries around the world and the employee is thrilled to have a job, in the USA, the employee acts like they are the owner and wants all sort of privileges that is not due them.  Walter G.  NY

Yes, they should be able to hire whomever they choose. If a company is going for a certain look and they are using their own money, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Of course they should be able to employ staff who fit the look.  Joe Coughlin

If the employment contract is negotiated to include an appearance clause similar to a dress code, I don't see any reason for the state or the SEIU to be able to object to a business using looks as a criteria for hiring or firing. There are all sorts of reasons for failing to meet job requirements, as long as those requirements are spelled out at hiring.
There would probably have to be a grandfather (grandmother?) clause which spells out alternative duties that don't involve 62 year-old women in fishnet and miniskirt serving drinks in sports books. (God help me, I've seen her) Maybe serving the free drinks in Keno and Slots.  Don in Portland

This can be very sexist, boy oh boy. I have been to Vegas now 16 times and I have seen older waitresses in several casinos. I do love to look at a beautiful woman no doubt about that and I have said to myself its time for these ladies to move on. right or wrong I have said this to myself. if a casino sets a policy at the start of a hire saying that at age 50 your done, if you put on x amount of lbs your done, but with child the job should be held upon return. if this is said from start date then the girls would have ample time to think ahead, save and move on. I'm not sure about pensions if any are available for these woman but if they start at a young age then after 25 yrs or so they will collect something. but I do like to look at and be served and converse with a beautiful woman. and lets face it Vegas has historically hired foxes from the beginning. Ralph

The cocktail waitress need to be under 40 years old. They got some at the Rivera that would scare you to death and that's bad.  G,J, Smith

I think a company should have to right to hire and fire who they want for any reason.  Gloria C. 

No one should be fired from their job unless they are doing the job badly. They should be laid off so that they may still have an income while they look for another job. Who says that older is unattractive? Also, if the casinos are providing attractive female waitresses for the male patrons where are the attractive male waiters for the enjoyment of the female patrons? A Female Gambler


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