LAS VEGAS (CN) - A dresser for (nonparty) Marie Osmond claims in court that the Flamingo fired her for complaining of racial discrimination.
Maria Gomez sued Flamingo Las Vegas Operating Co. dba Flamingo, in Federal Court.
Gomez, a Mexican national who altered Osmond's costumes for the "Donny and Marie" Show at the Flamingo, claims her boss made fun of her accent and told asked her, "Why don't you get work in Mexico?" and "Why did you come from Mexico?"
Gomez claims she was asked to unpack boxes for a production in New York - a job typically reserved for technicians - because of her ethnicity, and despite the fact that she had just suffered a cut on her forehead requiring nine stitches.
She says her bosses retaliated against her by pretending to be Donny and Marie and asking her to make them a costume, then commented to her about the war on drugs in Mexico and how they wished "they would all just kill each other."
Gomez says she complained to her labor relations counselor, but the discrimination didn't end. She says she was fired for insubordination and replaced by a U.S. employee.
She seeks compensatory and punitive damages for discrimination and retaliation.
She is represented by Andrew Rempfer with Cogburn Law Offices.