Wynn Resorts is going to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a massage therapist alleging multiple instances of sexual misconduct and assault. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
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The attorneys representing Wynn Resorts Ltd. to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts massage therapist earlier this month. A hearing has been scheduled for October.
Steve Wynn demanded that she be a “sex maid on demand”.
Brianna Schrader, represented by attorneys Robert Eaglet, Tracy Eaglet, and Danielle Miller, filed a lawsuit September 1 in Clark County, Nevada. Schrader claims Wynn created and perpetuated a hostile work environment years after demanding former CEO Steve Wynn act as an “on-demand sex maid.”
Last Friday, Wayne responded by asking Clark County District Court Judge Joanna Kishner to dispose of the case. Notably, the case contains allegations similar to those related to an ongoing complaint in US District Court that was filed in 2019.
Wynn Resorts rejects ‘outdated’ information
Wayne’s response to the accusations used blunt rhetoric to dismiss Schrader’s complaints. Wynn’s legal team cited a lack of new evidence as to why the case has no standing.
“The plaintiff’s complaint reaffirms a baseless Nevada (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) claim that has already been dismissed by the United States District of Nevada,” according to the 22-page motion. “Instead of seeking to have her complaint amended or to appeal this refusal, the plaintiff … was brought back in this court and then apparently sought the press to draw attention to her latest file, as if it contained new allegations or recent allegations. It did not.”
Wynn Resorts later released a statement about the ongoing legal battle. In the statement, the company acknowledged Schrader’s complaints, but stated that they had already been investigated and had not brought anything new to the table.
The lawsuit largely mirrors the allegations and allegations made by Ms. Schrader in an earlier lawsuit.
“Wynn Resorts was recently notified of a lawsuit brought by Ms. Schrader against the company and several former employees,” the statement read. “The lawsuit largely mirrors the allegations and allegations made by Ms. Schrader in an earlier lawsuit against the company and the same former employees more than three years ago, which were largely dismissed by a federal district court.”
“Given the current status of that earlier lawsuit, and the outdated false allegations contained in the new lawsuit, the company has elected to respond immediately with a petition for dismissal,” the statement continued. “Wynn Resorts will defend itself in this and any action that attempts to portray the company today with a light from the past.”
Consequences and changes
Schrader’s lawsuit stems from allegations against Steve Wynn, the company’s founder, that forced him to resign.
Following an investigation, the Nevada Gambling Commission has imposed a record fine of $20 million on Wayne Resorts for inappropriate behavior. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which was overseeing the development of Wynn Casino, also imposed fines on the company.
She claims Wayne “transferred” her to a VIP guest who sexually assaulted her
However, the new case provided the plaintiff with more details about the events in which Wayne allegedly forced her to participate. For example, Wayne alleges that Wayne “trafficked” her to a VIP guest who sexually assaulted her multiple times from 2016 to 2018. Steve Wayne asserts that he never sexually assaulted Schrader or anyone else.
The lawsuit also accuses Wynn Resorts of covering up multiple cases of sexual abuse of female employees over the past 30 years. The company claims that, since Steve Wynn’s departure, it has “made tremendous strides in reforming the organization with a restructured board of directors, an updated executive team, new human resource policies and training, and a world-class governance program.”
Among other changes, the company added seven new members of the board of directors and replaced five old members, created an independent compliance committee, and established new guidelines to deal with and punish sexual misconduct against employees and customers.
Wynn Resorts has also updated the company’s policy on sexual misconduct, issuing training seminars and creating a stricter punishment system.