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Eldorado Resorts Incorporated has laid off most of its employees at the Tropicana Atlantic City. The news comes after the second month of the New Jersey casino shutdown, which has no end in sight.
The move to stand down almost the entire workforce at Tropicana Casino stems from the March 16 order from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to close all of the state’s land-based casinos on a temporary basis. According to papers filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the layoffs have impacted some 2,704 workers.
The Atlantic City lockdown has affected around 10,600 casino employees. Because of the closures, the American Gaming Association estimates the loss of economic activity could end up costing New Jersey around $1.1 billion.
In March it was reported that Eldorado Resorts had furloughed around 450 workers in Las Vegas, Nevada. On April 8 the company declared it would likely lay off all non-essential staff members. The Tropicana in Atlantic City was not the only Eldorado-owned casino property that had big layoffs, with 1,205 losing their jobs in Missouri, 529 in Indiana, and 430 in Ohio.
The employees that Eldorado Resorts laid off will continue to receive health benefits to the end of June. Eldorado also recently announced that some of its executives will be taking pay cuts to help offset the loss of revenue.