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Nevada Gaming Commission Enacts New Sexual Harassment Regulations

Five-Member Panel Unanimously Approved Amendments To State Regulations To Further Protect Against Discrimination And Harassment

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The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved amendments to state gaming regulations to add sexual harassment protections in the wake of the Steve Wynn sexual misconduct allegations.

The five-member panel expanded regulations that prohibit workplace discrimination of a person based on the person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin at last Thursday’s meeting, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The sexual harassment protections were proposed by former Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Becky Harris. She was replaced in January by Sandra Morgan, who added the expanded workplace discrimination regulations.

The rules will apply to casinos and any other entity that complies with state gaming regulations, including suppliers, vendors and contractors. These parties will have three months to produce a compliance plan. Agents of the Gaming Control Board can ask to see those plans starting in March.

The Gaming Control Board unanimously voted to forward these regulations to the Gaming Commission on Nov. 7.

Wynn stepped down from his role as CEO of Wynn Resorts in February 2018, just a month after the allegations were made public. He has had no role in the gambling industry since and state regulators want to revoke his gaming license, banning him from the space permanently.

Wynn, however, argued a few weeks ago that since he is no longer working in the gaming sector, regulators hold no legal authority to ban him. He has continued to deny the allegations against him.