The owner of one of Atlantic City’s newest casinos is being sued by the former manager of a nightclub on the property, claiming he was kicked out of a financial settlement and wrongfully fired.
Joseph Morrissey of Suffolk County, New York, filed a six-count civil lawsuit Dec. 6 in New York State Superior Court against Ocean Resort Casino owner Bruce Deifik.
Morrissey ran HQ2, the casino’s beach club and nightclub, from April to August.
Morrissey is seeking “an amount of at least $10 million”, according to the suit, for breach of contract, defamation/slander, unjust enrichment and wrongful discharge.
Deifik said he was aware of the lawsuit when contacted on Monday. He said the lawsuit was frivolous and Morrissey lacked credibility. Deifik referred questions to his Manhattan-based attorney, Marc Kasowitz, who is also one of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys. A call to Kasowitz’s office was not returned Monday.
Other defendants named in Morrissey’s lawsuit include casino financier JP Morgan Chase, nightclub, casino and two associated foreign limited liability companies.
In his lawsuit, Morrissey claims he was enlisted to raise $10 million for the opening of the casino and, in return, was paid $50,000 and hired as the manager of the nightclub. Morrissey’s lawsuit claims he was to receive an annual salary of $200,000, receive 30% of HQ2’s profits and a 49% reduction in any proceeds from the sale of the club, all detailed in a signed agreement.