SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Casinos are coming to Massachusetts but how hard will it be to a get job on the gambling floors, especially if you have a criminal record.
Gaming regulators want to re-open the law that authorized three casinos and a slots parlor in the state, and reform the criminal records standards.
Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said the laws are very strict when it comes to background check requirements and some believe it’s too rigid for potential low-level gaming facility employees with criminal records. The current gambling law requires the commission to deny permission to people who want to work in even the least sensitive areas.
Reverend Talbert Swan, a community advocate for more flexibilty, believes people deserve a chance to redeem themselves in the workplace, “Our criminal justice system is supposed to be about rehabilitation. So once someone has served their time, they ought to have the opportunity to go back into society and work as a productive citizen.”
House Speaker Robert DeLeo who helped develop the gaming law said he’s willing to look at modifying the law, but believes people who work at a casino should be held to a higher standard. Wynn Resorts and MGM Springfield back the change in standards.