Los Angeles Business Journal

Hollywood Park Casino Employees Informed of Layoffs

By James Rufus Koren Originally published February 5, 2013 at 3:37 p.m., updated February 5, 2013 at 6:14 p.m.

The owner of Inglewood’s Hollywood Park Casino plans to fire all 600 casino employees next month as it prepares to hand off operations to a different company, according to a memo sent to casino employees Monday.

The memo states that the layoffs come as casino owner Hollywood Park Land Co. LLC is trying to transfer management of the casino from the current operator, Century Gaming Management Inc., to LAX Property LLC.

The owner of LAX Property, Eric Swallow, also operates a casino in San Jose, according to Inglewood City Council documents.

Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents about 150 food and beverage workers at the casino, plans to protest the change in management at an Inglewood City Council meeting tonight. Union spokeswoman Leigh Shelton said the city council must approve the license transfer and should ask the new manager to retain employees.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Swallow said his company plans to retain many casino employees and honor existing union contracts.