CASINO ORDERED TO PAY EMPLOYEE WHO WAS RAPED IN PARKING LOT

At 6:45 p.m. on February 9, 1998, a female Casino Rouge employee was walking to her car in the employee parking lot following her shift. As she got in her car, an armed assailant approached the woman and raped her at knifepoint. The employee parking lot usually had a manned security tower and security patrols. However, no one was in the security tower that evening and no security patrolled the parking lot. Without telling its employees, the casino had cancelled the security because it was short on staff.

At trial, the casino argued that the rape was unforeseeable and the casino provided adequate security and employed a capable security team. However, the trial court found the casino liable for the rape and responsible for the employee’s damages. As a result of the rape, the victim endures flashbacks and nightmares and suffers from concentration problems and depression.

Accordingly, the trial court ordered the casino to pay $700,000 in general damages, approximately $80,000 for medical care and $180,210 for past and future wages.