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Twice-fired, arrested Bellagio cocktail waitress sues casino

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Steve Marcus

An exterior view of the Bellagio Monday, March 11, 2013.

A twice-fired Bellagio cocktail waitress seeks at least $50,000 in damages from her former employer for inflicting upon her a "campaign of terror" rife with lies that she stole from patrons and had public sex at the posh casino, according to a lawsuit filed this month in federal court.

Lindsay Gambit, who first submitted the case last summer in Clark County District Court, is suing Bellagio on allegations that include false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. The suit, filed by the Reno-based Thierman Law Firm, was transferred May 2 to federal court.

Casino supervisors first fired Gambit on Sept. 3, 2011, after accusing her of having public sex at the casino, the suit says. She was then given her job back during a union grievance process.

When Gambit returned to work on Oct. 18, 2011, co-workers allegedly mocked her about the incident, even after Gambit complained to a human resources representative.

She lost her job again on March 23, 2012, after security guards pulled her into a room and interrogated her for seven hours about an alleged credit card scheme they believe she partook in, the suit alleges. Gambit says the guards confined her against her will and called her names until a Metro Police officer arrived to arrest and book her on three felony theft charges.

Gambit, who worked for Bellagio for eight years before she was first fired, has encountered trouble sleeping and suffers from anxiety and depression as a result of her time working for the casino, the suit alleges.

"All the while Ms. Gambit sought to do good for her employer, Bellagio and its agents were hell bent on tarnishing Ms. Gambit's reputation and destroying her life," the suit says.

Attorneys representing the casino did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gambit, who denies involvement in the credit card scheme, also has filed a lawsuit against Metro Police for allegedly taking a set of car keys, a cell phone and more than $20,000 from her after the arrest. A judge has stayed Gambit's suit against Metro until the criminal case is closed.

She has pleaded not guilty in the theft case. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 22 in Clark County District Court.

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