A human rights tribunal has ruled the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority discriminated againstfour non-First Nations casino employees when it laid them off in 2002.

The four pit bosses were laid off from the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert, Sask.

The casino is owned by SIGA.

The four alleged they lost their jobs because they are not of First Nations origin. Three of them are non-aboriginal, while the fourth is Métis.

A manager who worked for the casino in 2002 testified at a hearing earlier this year that the establishment wanted to have 80 per cent First Nations workers.

Layoffs came about when the casino moved to take out some live gaming tables in order to fit more slot machines in.

The tribunal ruled in favour of the four.

It has ordered the workers to be paid nearly $18,000 each in lost wages. In addition,the four will also receive various amounts of cash for hurt feelings.