The settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Wynn Resorts has officially come to a close as Judge Gloria Navarro granted a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice, meaning the matter cannot return to court or be subject to further appeals. The court has sealed the details of the case and the size of the settlement.
The lawsuit was filed by a group of women who worked at salons in the Encore Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas properties on the Strip. They claimed to have been subjected to years of sexual harassment by Steve Wynn and his company. The women described Wynn’s inappropriate behavior, including asking inappropriate questions, demanding services in secluded areas, and forcing them to massage his genital area. Wynn denied the allegations, stating that he never sexually harassed or assaulted anyone.
The legal battle took various routes over the years, with the first judge ruling that the allegations were too vague. However, a subsequent appeal led to a partial reversal of the original ruling, bringing the case to Judge Navarro in the District Court.
Steve Wynn, who is 82 years old and currently lives in Florida, established several landmark Las Vegas casinos, including the Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Treasure Island, and The Mirage. The Wall Street Journal first reported the revelations about sexual harassment at Wynn Resorts in January 2018, leading to significant changes within the company. Wynn resigned as CEO and Chairman the following month, sold all of his shares, and faced extensive legal proceedings. He settled for $10m with the Nevada Gaming Commission and is prohibited from holding a gaming license in the state.
As a result of the controversy, several Wynn Resorts executives stepped down, and the company faced record-breaking fines in Nevada and Massachusetts. The Nevada Gaming Control Board concluded that the company failed to investigate employee sexual misconduct claims. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission also fined CEO Matt Maddox $500,000 for not disclosing the allegations during the license approval process in the state. Additionally, the company was required to remove Wynn’s name from its new casino in Everett, subsequently changing it to the Encore Boston Harbor.
The settlement represents the official end to the long-running case, bringing to a close a chapter of significant fallout for Wynn Resorts and its executives.