Former Steeler Settles Case Against Casino

Michael Merriweather, a former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has settled his federal lawsuit against The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The case stemmed from allegations Merriweather leveled against the casino he was once an employee at. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Merriweather claimed, while he worked at the property for nine months as the director of sports marketing, he was subjected to terrible — and unlawful — behavior by superiors because of his race.

Merriweather is black.

He also claimed he was stiffed on money. His lawsuit said he was supposed to be paid salary plus commission, but a white superior screwed him out of money repeatedly.

The suit alleged that when he complained about the issue, management gave him the run-around. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that “[e]ventually, a group of white managers stopped responding to the former linebacker’s emails, inviting him to meetings and even greeting him in the hallways, the lawsuit alleged…A superior eliminated Merriweather’s office and told him to work in a common area, the lawsuit indicated.”

Merriweather was fired in January 2012.

He was originally seeking payment of lost wages, punitive damages and attorney fees.

The Meadows is owned by Cannery Casino Resorts and The Washington Trotting Association.

 

 

 

 

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