LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Dealer Gary Reed looks on as Tilak Fernando and Dred Phillips play roulette at Bellagio Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after the property opened for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MGM Resorts International did not install plexiglass safety shield dividers at its roulette tables and is requiring guests to wear masks when playing the game since people have to reach across the gaming area to play. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. MGM Resorts International reopened Bellagio, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and The Signature today. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Unions representing 65,000 Las Vegas-area casino workers are suing resort operators, alleging that employees are being put at risk of illness and death because of skimpy safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas does not directly cite the death last week of Adolfo Fernandez, a 51-year-old Caesars Palace porter and union member who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 respiratory illness after returning to work when casinos reopened June 4. A Culinary Union executive said hotel housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and valets want to work, but they want to work safely.