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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Cancer Institute is being sued by a former employee seeking class-action status after the research center dismissed dozens of workers earlier this month without warning.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas claims former clinical research coordinator Shamine Poynor is owed 60 days of wages and benefits because she was fired without warning or cause.

The institute announced it was immediately dismissing roughly 150 employees on April 8. Officials also said they would limit projects not funded by research grants to save money and keep its doors open.

An institute spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Las Vegas-based institute was co-founded by husband and wife Jim and Heather Murren.

Jim Murren is chief executive of MGM Resorts International.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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