A former restaurant worker claims he was fired because he had demanded to see identification for a young-looking woman at Ben Roethlisberger's table where the NFL quarterback and his friends were drinking.
Alvaro Brito, a former assistant manager at the Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe who had worked for the company for 12 years, said he was fired in July 2008 in a lawsuit filed against the hotel-casino and its Lake Tahoe president John Koster.
The new lawsuit, filed Sept. 25 in Washoe County District Court in Reno and first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, does not name Roethlisberger as a defendant. But it potentially has a connection to a separate lawsuit filed by another former Harrah’s employee against the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Koster and a number of Harrah’s officials alleging that Roethlisberger raped her at the hotel in July 2008 and that the company covered it up.
Roethlisberger denies the allegation.
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In the woman’s lawsuit, the former VIP hostess said a reason she did not report the alleged sexual assault to police was because she had been told that another employee had been fired, or was about to be fired, as a result of Roethlisberger’s restaurant complaint.
Brito’s lawsuit said he was working at Cabo Wabo on July 7, 2008, during the annual celebrity golf tournament across the street when the dispute over the carding of the woman occurred. The alleged rape victim said she was assaulted on July 11.
Brito said he was informed on July 14 that he had been suspended specifically because of the incident over the woman’s identification card.
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