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Merv Griffin Named In Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

September 9, 1994

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A former executive at Merv Griffin’s casino demanded ″sexual affection and attention″ from female workers in return for promotions and raises, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The sexual discrimination lawsuit filed in Atlantic County Superior Court also names Griffin as a defendant, saying he knew about the harassment and ignored it, once suppressing an internal investigation.

The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money, was filed by two former employees and a current employee of Merv Griffin’s Resorts and Casino.

It accuses former advertising director Alan Rosenzweig of sexual discrimination and also names chief operating officer John Belisle.

″It’s just not true,″ Rosenzweig said Thursday. He declined further comment.

One of the woman claims that Belisle told her that manicure nails not financial knowledge was needed for her to get a promotion.

Resorts spokeswoman Susan Kotzen said she was unable to reach casino officials after hours Thursday. Griffin was out of town, a woman in his office said.

Two of the women claim they were forced to leave their jobs because they complained about Rosenzweig.

″If they allowed him to hug and be physically close to them and otherwise showed him personal and sexual affection and attention, then he, as their supervisor, would see to it that they were rewarded,″ the lawsuit said.

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