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Will New Wynn Allegations Assure Changes In Gaming?


Associated Press

More light is being shined on how Wynn Resorts' executives allegedly handled sexual harassment complaints against Steve Wynn over the years.

The Wall Street Journal this week published a story that said, in essence, managers looked the other way or tried to find damning information about those who complained.

The Journal broke the original story about Wynn’s alleged behavior in January. Wynn was since removed from the company’s board and has sold his stock in the company.

He also resigned as finance chair for the Republican National Committee.

But he has denied any wrongdoing.

The larger question for the industry is: Will allegations against someone as powerful as Wynn lead to changes in the way female workers are treated in the casino industry?

Chris Sieroty recently wrote about that. He’s the U.S. editor for Gambling Compliance and a former producer for State of Nevada.

He said changes will come about because the Nevada Gaming Control Board is laying down strong rules. And if rules are broken, the Control Board has the power to levy fines or revoke gaming licenses.

At the same time, Sieroty added, there's a worry that the change could be short-lived. And after these allegations are forgotten, things could go back to the way they were.

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