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Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino hit with class action over worker fingerprint scans

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Sep 13, 2019

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CHICAGO — The operators of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino in Elgin have been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing them of violating an Illinois biometrics law in requiring workers to scan their fingerprints when punching the clock.

Ronnie Alquero, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Aug. 20 in Cook County Circuit Court against Eldorado Resorts Inc., and Elgin Riverboat Resort— Riverboat Casino, which does business as Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The plaintiff claimed to be employed by the defendant, and during the course of the employment, was regularly required to scan fingerprints to verify identity when clocking in and out of work shifts. The lawsuit accuses the company of not obtaining written authorization from employees for such fingerprint scans, and of not providing notices allegedly required under the BIPA law.

The plaintiff is statutory damages of $1,000-$5,000 per violation, plus attorneys' fees and other relief. The plaintiff is represented by Ryan F. Stephan and Teresa M. Beevar of Stephan Zouras LLP in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2019-CH-09603

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