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Wynn Resorts Could Possibly Get Rebranded Due To Tainted Name

Discussion in 'CASINO NEWS' started by Mben, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Casino operator Wynn Resorts says former boss Steve Wynn won’t be getting a nine-figure golden handshake after resigning due to sexual harassment allegations.

    On Friday, Wynn Resorts announced that it had reached a separation agreement with its former CEO and chairman, who resigned last week following mounting allegations of a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment against Wynn Resorts’ female employees.

    Speculation had it that Steve was in for a payout of up to $330m for the early termination of his contract, which extended through 2022. But the company now says its separation agreement means Steve “is not entitled to any severance payment or other compensation from the Company under the employment agreement.”

    Furthermore, Steve will have to vacate his swanky penthouse at the Wynn Las Vegas no later than June 1 while his company health care coverage will terminate by year’s end. Steve has also agreed to a two-year non-compete clause and to assist the company “in connection with any private litigation or arbitration” that may arise from the investigations into his alleged bad behavior.

    Last week, Steve agreed to conduct the potential sale of his nearly 12% stake in Wynn Resorts “in an orderly fashion.” On Friday, the company said it had agreed to enter into a registration rights agreement with Steve that will prevent him from selling more than one-third of his Wynn Resorts shares in any single quarter.

    The company also offered the first suggestion that it may be considering rebranding its operations under a slightly less tainted name. The separation agreement includes a clause indicating that the company will provide Steve with written notice “in the event that the Company ceases to use the WYNN name and trademark.’

    Steve, who has vehemently denied the allegations made against him, was replaced as CEO last week by Wynn president Matt Maddox, while director Boone Wayson was named non-executive chairman.

    Steve remains under investigation via an internal probe being overseen by the Wynn board of directors. The company dismissed an outside law firm last week that had been tasked with conducting an external probe, while hiring a new firm – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – this week to handle the internal probe.

    The company is also being probed by regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts regarding what the board knew of the allegations, when they knew it, and why they didn’t mention it during suitability hearings.

  2. PMM

    PMM No Deposit Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmm, sounds like Steve's cushy ride is over. Another person who cannot abide by the rules.

    Somehow, I just feel that when you have so much money and everything else, you get to feeling you are above the rules. tsk tsk
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  3. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Eventually people get caught. As we have seen with the recent years' many accusations. smh (← at the accused)
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  4. slotgal47

    slotgal47 WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    But sometimes you have to wonder if these people really did what they were accused of or was the person just getting revenge. I know if sounds bad coming from a woman, but I have to feel sorry for some of these guys getting caught up in this sexual harassment mess. Don't get me wrong if they are guilty so be it but if not they are getting screwed royally.
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  5. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Administrator Staff Member

    I hear you, slotgal. I suppose that's what our justice system is for. (cough cough) To find out if they really are guilty.

    And women want revenge? Never heard of! lol
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