Laid-off Black Hawk casino workers claim age and sex discrimination Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post · May 30, 2017 at 10:36 am A dozen former workers have sued the Golden Mardi Gras casino in Black Hawk claiming the company discriminated against them by laying off 60 mostly older and female employees one month and then replacing them with younger, less qualified staffers the following month. The lawsuit was filed Sunday U.S. District Court in Denver on behalf of a dozen former casino workers including blackjack dealers, drink servers and bankers by Lisa Sahli, an attorney from San Luis Obispo, Calif. It names Golden Mardi Gras parent company, Affinity Gaming of Las Vegas, which purchased the casino and two other Black Hawk casinos in November of 2012, as a defendant. The company immediately required all Golden Mardi Gras employees to reapply for their jobs and in January of 2013, laid off 60 employees despite adequate or superior job ratings, the lawsuit says. It then hired 59 younger employees in February of 2013, it says. Affinity Gaming officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday morning. The former Mardi Gras employees, ranging in age from 43 to 74, are seeking unspecified compensation for lost wages, pension benefits and punitive damages.