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Three Adelson security officers argue racism cost promotions

Three members of the security force assigned to Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson have sued the company in federal court, contending that they were never promoted because they were black.

According to the complaint, Zohar Lahav, the company’s vice president of executive protection, said that the three were not in line for promotions as certain positions came open because of their lack of seniority. But the complaint said the three were qualified and alleged that Lahav has made a practice of telling racially barbed jokes.

According to the most recent proxy report, the company spent $2.5 million last year providing protection for Adelson and his immediate family.

Nine other former and current members of what is called the executive protection team have filed a lawsuit alleging they are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay.

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