MGM Resorts will roll out new uniforms for security officers at Northfield Park in Northfield the week of Sept. 6, following through on its July 23 commitment to end using ones that a patron objected to on the basis of its resemblance to the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.
A Cleveland Jewish News inquiry in July led MGM to make a decision to change the logo on security uniforms in an overnight decision.
“The new uniforms will be distributed to our officers at Northfield Park the week of September 6th,” Debra DeShong, senior vice president of corporate communications for MGM Resorts International, wrote in an Aug. 26 email to the CJN. “We will change the uniforms at all of our resorts on a rolling basis beginning that week. They will all be changed by January 2020.”
In July a Mayfield Heights woman told the Cleveland Jewish News she was “dumbfounded” at the yellow golf shirts with the six-pointed star logos.
“I have family that died in the Holocaust,” June Scharf said. “So, I feel very close to that experience. And I take it seriously and seeing that imagery takes me right back to that past which is painful. A star on a yellow shirt screams the Jude stars that they made Germans wear, German Jews. My grandfather was German and he left Germany, but other members of his family perished.”
DeShong made the commitment to change the logo when told of Scharf’s objections.
The Cleveland Anti-Defamation League also reached out to MGM Resorts after the CJN notified James Pasch, its regional director.
“We appreciate this being brought to our attention and will begin the process of changing the badges on the uniforms in question,” DeShong wrote in a July 23 email to the CJN. “We regret anyone was offended – it was certainly not our intention. We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcome on our properties. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of our company’s values.”
In her Aug. 26 email, DeShong wrote that she does not have a picture depicting the new badge.
“They look more like a traditional badge,” she wrote.