The Nevada Gaming Control Board will appeal a recent ruling that says the regulator has no authority to discipline the former head of Las Vegas casino operator Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn.
The ruling was issued in November by Clark County District Court Judge Adriana Escobar. Judge Escobar ruled that the Gaming Control Board cannot take any action against Mr. Wynn as he has no ties to Wynn Resorts and the state casino industry.
Nevada regulators can’t discipline casino boss Steve Wynn, court rules
Board members voted unanimously Wednesday to appeal the ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Judge Escobar rendered her ruling a year after the Gaming Control Board filed a five-count complaint against Mr. Wynn, arguing that the regulator along with the Nevada Gaming Commission still had jurisdiction over Mr. Wynn, although he was no longer involved in the state’s gaming industry.
The businessman found himself at the center of a massive scandal after the publication of a Wall Street Journal report in January 2018 detailing a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment by the former head of Wynn Resorts with subordinates at his old company. Mr. Wynn resigned as CEO and President of the casino operator in February 2018 and divested his personal stake in the company in March 2018.
The businessman was hit with multiple accusations that he had subjected Wynn Resorts workers to unwanted sexual advances and forced some to perform sexual acts with him, but has kept denying them. He has also kept a low profile since the Wall Street Journal’s damning report was published.
Stock Divestment Prevented Nevada Regulators From Fining Mr. Wynn
With its complaint last fall, the Nevada Gaming Control Board sought to revoke Mr. Wynn’s eligibility for a Nevada casino license. This would have removed your license from state regulators and it would have prevented him from obtaining a license in Nevada again.
The complaint of five charges also requested that the businessman be slapped with a heavy fine. Wynn Resorts received a record $ 20 million fine from Nevada regulators for failing to adequately address allegations of sexual harassment against its former boss.
The Nevada Gaming Commission reviewed the board’s complaint in December 2019 and committee members agreed that it could be heard, despite protests from Mr. Wynn’s attorneys that his resignation from his duties as director executive and president and the divestment of its stake in Wynn Resorts stopped regulators from getting punished.
Mr. Wynn’s legal team filed a petition last January arguing that state regulators had no jurisdiction over the disputed businessman because he was no longer affiliated with the casino operator.