HARRAH'S DROPS 148 CASINO WORKERS

July 18, 2001 8:35 PM
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Four months after the state granted a $50 million tax break to buoy the casino and save its jobs, Harrah's New Orleans announced it is laying off 148 employees.

The layoffs represent five percent of the work force. City officials criticized the move, saying it borders on bad faith coming four months after the state granted a $50 million tax break.

The job cuts will affect a range of workers, from lower-level employees tomanagers in several departments. Of the 148 laid off, 133 were full-time workers. The cuts reduced the staff to 2,575.