American hospitality giant Wynn Resorts has announced the creation of a new ‘culture and community’ department following a sexual harassment scandal involving its former founder and CEO.
Steve Wynn stepped down from his position with the company earlier this year following allegations he had been engaged in decades of sexual misconduct with his employees.
The property mogul was involved in construction of major Las Vegas properties such as the Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore casinos.
He is accused of repeatedly sexually harassed employees and pressuring them to perform sex acts – accusations he denies.
Now Wynn Resorts is scrambling to restore its battered reputation with the introduction of the new department, which will support diversity and inclusion, gender equality, fair treatment in the workplace and employee charitable efforts in the community.
“Wynn Resorts gives every employee the same chance for professional growth and unlimited success,” said new CEO Matt Maddox.
“Now more than ever we are committed to ensuring equality, creating leaders and giving back to the communities in which we operate.
“The launch of our Culture and Community department speaks to this promise and will help us continue to be the industry employer of choice.”
The department will include a women’s leadership forum, designed to “further close the gender gap in management, provide career growth for female employees at all levels, create pay and title equity and ensure a safe workplace.”
Maddox said several focus groups, studies and surveys have been commissioned to pinpoint possible inequities and areas where female employees could be advancing faster.
The results will help shape new programs including mentorships, panel discussions and town hall meetings geared towards female employees.