The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to hear a gender-bias case brought by
woman who was fired by Harrah's casino in Reno for refusing to wear makeup.
Harrah's fired the bartender, Darlene Jesperson, in August 2000 because she
refused to follow the "Personal Best Policy" management had instituted
the previous April. Under the policy, makeup was required for female employees
and prohibited for male employees, according to the Nevada Appeal newspaper.
Jesperson, a 21-year employee of Harrah's, later claimed that management had
gone 10 years without requiring her to follow a previous makeup rule, because
it knew that makeup made her feel "extremely uncomfortable ... ill and
violated." She argued in her lawsuit that this amounted to permission to
ignore company policy. More important, she argued that her firing constituted
But a district judge disagreed, saying she had been lawfully terminated for
violating policy. Jesperson next went to the state Supreme Court, asking the
justices to declare a public policy in Nevada against gender discrimination.
But they refused, observing that Nevada has not specifically recognized gender
typing as a violation of public policy. The court would not do that on its own,
The Nevada Appeal