Despite Steve Wynn unceremoniously removed from the head of the Wynn Empire, and new action. As VitalVegas pointed out, the story just “confirmed what Las Vegas insiders have known for decades,” that Steve Wynn was a sexual predator, and employees for years have been scared to be alone with him.
One employee of the SPA filed last February against the Wynn claiming the disgraced casino developer Steve Wynn, alleging that he frequently used “his immense power to coerce (her) to perform sexual favors.”
Another employee, “JR”, a massage therapist at the Encore Spa, told us that her situation had always been horrible, and they generally did not take complaints seriously about sexual harassment.
In fact, she mentioned that they had even forced her to work alongside of her ex-husband – despite having restraining orders against him, and nothing had been done even after the Wynn expose.
Like several other employees she told told us that while they were “forced” to go to a meeting after the allegations were made, their continued concerns about the safety of female employees wasn’t taken seriously.
Another massage therapist told us a similar story: “We constantly are touched, harassed, asked for sexual favors from both guests and executives at the company,” she told us. “One employee of Wynn touched my breasts during a massage. I was told to ‘let it go’ since he worked for the board.” She said their complaints about personal safety are never taken seriously because “some of the Wynn staff see us no differently than a stripper.”
Many therapists told us similar stories of not being taken serious – and more importantly, not wanting to talk to investigators. Among concerns about the investigation described by some of the alleged victims and some former employees: Investigators told them their names would be revealed to the board members leading the probe. Some were asked to be interviewed on casino premises rather than a more private setting. They felt that this was only an attempt to harass and intimate them.
“I don’t think there’s anything they could have done to convince me,” said Shawn Cardinal, a woman who had told theLas Vegas Review Journal Journal Mr. Wynn sexually harassed her. “I felt like they are looking out for the company’s interest and the board of directors.”