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Struggling casinos lay off workers

August 5, 2008

The slow economy is prompting casinos to lay off employees in order to cut costs.

Horseshoe Casino, the former Caesar's Indiana in the southern Indiana town of Elizabeth, has eliminated 14 positions, according to the Courier-Journal of Louisville. None were dealers or other "frontline" positions; one position getting the ax was diversity coordinator.

The casino hired the coordinator eight years ago after Indiana gambling regulators pressed for making more purchases from women- and minority-owned businesses. State law dictates that 10 percent of casino purchases be made from minority-owned businesses and 5 percent from women-owned firms.

Purchasing oversight will be passed to other employees, the casino told the newspaper.

In East Chicago, the Ameristar Casino has laid off 41 workers as part of a larger layoff launched by Las Vegas-based Ameristar Casinos Inc., according to The Post-Tribune of Merrillville.

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