Springfield officials concerned about filling jobs at MGM casino

Springfield officials concerned about filling jobs at MGM casino

August 21, 2017 9:07 AM

Reports from Massachusetts indicate that Springfield city officials remain concerned about filling all the jobs at the $950-million MGM Springfield casino/resort set to open next year.

Current casino laws dictate that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission prohibit the employment of any casino job applicant who was convicted of a felony or other crime involving embezzlement, theft, fraud, or perjury during the previous 10 years. Officials believe the regulations cover all casino job applicants including not only the gaming area managers but also all “service employees” including restaurant workers, parking lot attendants, hotel housekeepers, and similar positions.

MGM Springfield executives agree with city officials and have been seeking a way to work around the apparent prohibition so that they may offer these service employee jobs to applicants who may also have criminal records that could disqualify them.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “We all know people, whether family or friends, that have made some mistakes, but have done the right thing for a number of years.  And if they’ve earned the opportunity, they should be given an opportunity.”