Seminole Casino Hotel increases wages for employees

Reporter: Rachel Cox-Rosen
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Employees of the Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee will be receiving a 60% pay increase. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Wages at Seminole Casino Hotel are increasing by over 60%.

Almost 100 job classifications will be impacted, including cooks, housekeepers and security. These raises are part of Hard Rock International and Gaming’s $100 million nationwide investment in their own employees.

It’s a life-changing increase for hundreds of entry-level team members and new hires.

The Seminole Casino Hotel is one of the biggest employers in Immokalee, one of Collier County’s poorest areas.

The sound of money is everywhere at the casino. People press their luck on slot machines for hours.

They’re gambling, hoping to turn these chips into cold hard cash.

Cash is also on the mind of every employee here, like Adriana Guzman.

“We help with accounts any issues that our guests have,” said Adriana Guzman, Player’s Club Supervisor, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

Guzman and her mother, like so many others, struggle to make ends meet these days. They never stop working.

But now they have hope that maybe they can save a little money.

Guzman and more than half of the casino employees are getting raises of up to more than 60%.

New employees will be making $8 to $10 more than the state’s $10 minimum wage.

Now, Guzman can give back to her mom, a single parent.

“I feel like it’s my turn I feel like it was well-deserved,” Guzman said. “I mean she worked very hard.”

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