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Former Employees of Jay-Z’s Las Vegas 40/40 Club Complain of Poor Working Conditions

Ex-employees of Jay-Z’s lavish new Las Vegas 40/40 Club have reportedly come forward to describe the venue as a poorly managed business with poor working conditions. According to a recent article in Las Vegas Weekly magazine, as many as 100 former employees of the up-scale sports bar have been escorted off the property or walked away from their jobs after clashes with management. Alleged transgressions include on-the-spot termination of employees, use of the N-word by an owner; threats; degrading treatment; and inadequate preparation for the grand opening on December 30. Some disgruntled former employees told Las Vegas Weekly that the first time they got to work with the cash register system was an hour before the club opened its doors. One former manager said they witnessed the firing of five bartenders because one of two banks came up short. The name of operating partner Desiree Perez, wife of 40/40 co-owner “OG” Juan Perez, has repeatedly come up in complaints by former staffers. “I’ve seen the worst of the worst and the best of the best,” said one former employee who only lasted six days at 40/40. “This is an industry town, and you cannot treat your staff like this.” None of the fired staff members wished to be identified citing a confidentiality agreement with the club. While neither Perez nor his wife wished to comment for the story, Manager Ramon Mata downplayed the stories of mass firings and mistreatment of employees. “As with all new businesses, you find out in your first few days of operations what staffing levels are needed,” Mata told the magazine. “We adjusted accordingly and followed all rules and regulations in terms of employees that were let go.”

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