MGM Northfield Casino in Ohio is redesigning their employee uniform after a customer complaint that it reminded him of the Star of David that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust, reports CNN.
The security guard uniforms at the venue reportedly featured the image of a six-pointed yellow star, prompting customer June Scharf, who is Jewish and has relatives who were killed in the Holocaust, to call the Cleveland Jewish News after she could not reach the casino.
“It was a combination that it was a star, and it was on a yellow backdrop,” Scharf said, as reported by CNN. “There are a million things you could put on a shirt design-wise, but I understand that not everyone is aware of that symbolism and its place in history.”
The Nazi government required Jews to wear the stars in Germany and several other European countries beginning in 1939.
MGM Resorts International spokeswoman Debra DeShong said: “We appreciate this being brought to our attention and will begin the process of changing the badges on the uniforms in question. We regret anyone was offended — it was certainly not our intention.”
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcome on our properties,” she said. “Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our company’s values.”
While she confirmed that the company is planning to redesign the uniform, she did not give a timeline as to when it would be accomplished.