Hundreds of furloughs become permanent at WVa casino

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — About 540 furloughed workers at a West Virginia casino have been permanently laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The employees’ final day was Sunday at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, news outlets reported.

Casino owner Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, said in a statement that while it was hopeful to have employees return, normal operations won’t happen at its properties “for the foreseeable future.”

Penn National announced the furloughs of about 26,000 workers nationwide in April.

Casino sports bar server Wayne Thomas of Martinsburg said the workers are especially upset that they will not be paid for unused and accrued personal time off.

“We can understand all the layoffs,” Thomas said Monday. “We get it. But we earned that PTO.”

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