A lawsuit against Wynn Resorts filed by nine anonymous women who claimed they were sexually harassed by former CEO and founder Steve Wynn, has been dismissed by a federal judge.
The women filed against the company claiming it was well aware of the actions of its CEO and tried to cover up the misconduct.
This suit was filed many months following the publication of a Wall Street Journal investigative report that interviewed dozens of women who claimed they were sexually harassed by Steve Wynn and tormented by a culture of sexual harassment that apparently existed at Wynn Resorts.
That Wall Street Journal report led to Wynn’s resignation from the company he founded as well as leading to the sale of all his stock in the company as well as his resignation as the Republican Party’s chief of fundraising.
According to a detailed report about the federal ruling in Gambling News, an online publication, the women, all of whom worked at Wynn Resorts as manicurists and make-up artists elected to remain anonymous.
The founder and former owner of the Wynn Company, whose vision and energy and money built the Encore Boston Harbor Hotel and Casino is being banned from owning a casino license in Nevada by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Although Wynn Company was fined $35 million before they opened their doors here in June, Steve Wynn’s status was not determined in a legal way by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission except to note that he would not be allowed to be the licensee of the Encore facility and that his name could not appear on the facility identifying it.
The Nevada action now being taken comes as a result of a new spate of lawsuits against Wynn as well as a spate of older ones.
Wynn Resorts is nearing completion of its $2.6 billion casino here that is scheduled to open in June 2019 …. that is IF Wynn Resorts is found suitable to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts.
Starting this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will start to look at details of its investigation into sexual harassment actions and coverup of those actions by senior executives at Wynn.
The investigation was launched after a Wall Street Journal report detailed years of sexual harassment allegations at Wynn, mostly by its co-founder and CEO, Steve Wynn. Multi million dollar settlements with former female employees at Wynn and decades of inaction by senior staff led the Nevada Gaming Control Board to levy a fine of $20 million against Wynn, the largest ever in Nevada state gaming history.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided to settle the lawsuit Steve Wynn has against them in the District Court of Nevada last week.
The new chair of the Gaming Commission, Attorney Cathy Judd-Stein, apparently led the private proceedings with her colleagues and fellow commissioners behind closed doors to a new conclusion – that
Wynn could not be beaten and so, a settlement must take place. The decision followed five hours of debate by the commission which is seeking to release its investigative report on Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts in order to meet as to the company’s suitability to hold a license.
What the decision does is allow the report to be released but in a redacted fashion.
Wynn has contested the report and its findings claiming they are based on illegally used client–lawyer privileged materials.