The legal battle between Wynn Resorts and nine anonymous salon workers has finally come to a close after a court decision on Friday. The sexual harassment lawsuit, dating back to 2019, has been granted a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice by US District Court Judge Gloria Navarro. This means that the case can no longer be brought back to court or undergo further appeals.
The settlement agreement, announced in September, did not disclose specific details regarding the conditions or settlement amount, as it was kept confidential. However, the effects of the lawsuit were far-reaching for Wynn Resorts. The company faced fines and saw a number of its executives leave the company, including former CEO and chairman, Steve Wynn, who departed in 2018, a year before the sexual harassment lawsuit was filed.
As a result of the legal case, Wynn Resorts paid $20 million to the Nevada Gaming Control Board and was fined $35 million by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for failure to disclose sexual harassment allegations when applying for a gaming license in the state.
In the 2019 lawsuit, the nine women, referred to as “Judy Does Nos. 1-9” to protect their anonymity, alleged repeated sexual misconduct and harassment by Steve Wynn. This included intimate personal questions of a sexual nature, inappropriate behavior, and requests for massages near his genital area in private workspaces.
Steve Wynn adamantly denied all the allegations and stated that he had not engaged in any sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. After resigning from the company in 2018, he sold his interest in the business.
The conclusion of the sexual harassment lawsuit marks the end of a significant legal battle for Wynn Resorts, but the repercussions of the case are likely to be felt for years to come.