PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 29-year-old Finleyville woman says she was mistreated while visiting the Meadows Casino in Washington County on Monday night.
Jaime Feden, who is diagnosed with a rare condition called Vater Syndrome, was asked to leave the casino after about half hour, because she could not produce proper identification.
Feden was at the casino with a friend who drove her home. She got the documentation, and when she returned, she was allowed back in without incident.
But Feden told KDKA-TV’S Ralph Iannotti, “I think I was singled out because of my size.”
Feden is just over four-feet tall and her condition has affected her health, speech and growth.
She said she has been to the Meadows numerous times, and the Monday night incident was the first of its kind.
“It just makes me mad that it happened,” Feden said.
She says she believes people with disabilities, like herself, have the right to be treated like everyone else.
A Meadows spokesman released a statement late Monday night, saying in part that the casino must adhere to strict state guidelines regarding customer identification requirements.
Feden was asked to leave, the spokesman said, so she could get the required documentation, and then she was permitted to come back inside the Meadows without incident.
The spokesman said a Meadows supervisor apologized to Feden and gave her a $20 food voucher for any inconvenience the incident may have caused her.