Iowa casino execs withdraw closed-door request

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — Executives for a southern Iowa casino who face a sexual harassment lawsuit have dropped their effort to keep court filings and a hearing in a sexual harassment lawsuit closed to the public.

The lawsuit filed last year by Gail Wilson, a former guest services manager at Lakeside Casino in Osceola, alleges sexual harassment, sex discrimination, race discrimination and retaliation.

Casino general manager Bob Thursby and Carol Eckels, the casino’s human resources manager, have denied all of the allegations.

Wilson says in her lawsuit that she was fired in November 2011 after speaking up about some incidents at the casino.

Casino executives had asked a judge to keep court filings and a hearing closed to the public. But The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/17R8HDJ) that the motion was recently withdrawn.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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