Harrah’s Creating Command Center to Assist Affected Employees
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) today announced it is continuing its efforts to assist employees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Harrah’s focus remains on the safety and health of its nearly 8,000 employees in Biloxi, Gulfport and New Orleans. A Harrah’s Employee Information Center is being created at the Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Center in Memphis, Tenn. The center will lead the effort to assist employees who have been evacuated and displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
* Many banks have been destroyed, leaving many people without access to
money. In addition, a very small number of Harrah’s employees were
not enrolled in the direct-deposit payroll plan, and actual paychecks
must be printed and delivered to them. Harrah’s will pay its
employees from the three affected properties for up to 90 days;
* Harrah’s is currently housing more than 400 displaced residents,
mostly non-employees, in the convention space of our Grand Casino in
Tunica, Mississippi. Harrah’s is working with the American Red Cross,
as well as with two local churches, to provide these victims with food
* At Harrah’s Lake Charles, a relief center was created to support
displaced employees and their families. In addition, Harrah’s is
working with local agencies to supply food, water and emergency
* Harrah’s announced the establishment of the Harrah’s Employee Recovery
Fund, with an initial commitment of $1 million from the Harrah’s
Foundation. In addition, Harrah’s nearly 100,000 employees around the
country will be given an opportunity to directly assist their
colleagues affected by this tragedy through donations via payroll
* Several displaced employees from the Gulf Coast region have inquired
about opportunities to get back to work as soon as possible. We are
working to find these individuals employment opportunities at other
Harrah’s properties not affected by the hurricane.
* In Las Vegas, Harrah’s Entertainment’s six properties offered free
rooms (up to two nights) to assist current guests from the Hurricane
Katrina-affected region who are unable to return home as a result of
As more definitive news and damage assessments become available, Harrah’s will take additional steps to bolster relief efforts, and actively participate in the rebuilding of these vital communities.
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names. With nearly 4 million square feet of casino space, more than 40,000 hotel rooms and nearly 100,000 employees, the Harrah’s portfolio is the most diverse in the gaming industry. Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.
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