LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) -
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced a lawsuit
against Wynn Las Vegas LLC for allegations of discriminating against a disabled
Wynn owns and operates a
luxury resort that includes casinos, hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants
and shops on the Las Vegas Strip. According to the EEOC, Wynn began a practice in
2010 of requiring security guards to work mandatory overtime.
One security guard
allegedly requested an accommodation due to his disability; he was a U.S. Army
veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EEOC alleges Wynn denied the request and, when the guard filed a complaint with EEOC, suspended
"In recent years we have
seen an increase in disability cases and employers failing to properly engage
in the interactive process to look for an accommodation, as they are legally
required to do," said Anna Park, regional attorney for EEOC's Los Angeles
District. "This case is especially distressing since an Army veteran who
sacrificed his health by serving his country then suffered further from his
The EEOC seeks back pay, as well
as compensatory and punitive damages. It also seeks injunctive relief in an
effort to prevent Wynn from discriminating in the future.
review their policies and practices to ensure that people are properly trained
on disability discrimination law,” said Richard Burgamy, director of EEOC's Las
Vegas Office. “The process of asking for an accommodation should not be so
burdensome that it stops people from exercising their rights."