Casino operators in Nevada have adopted new rules against sexual misconduct and harassment at the workplace.
Earlier this week on Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously amended state regulations to prohibit discrimination or harassment of a person based on the person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.
The new rules will apply to casinos, suppliers, vendors, contractors or consultants to hotels and related gambling businesses.
Speaking with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jan Jones Blackhurst, a Caesars Entertainment Corp. board member and former Las Vegas mayor said that he was happy with the new rules.
“I’m glad that the commission made the decision to move forward,” Blackhurst said.
“I think they mostly embody rules that are already required by the EEOC through the federal government and they restated laws that are already in effect. But it’s better than nothing.”
Earlier last year, the Nevada Gaming Commission had declined to hold a final vote on rules that would have explicitly tied casinos’ operating licenses to preventing and reporting sexual harassment.
The gambling regulator had also not provided any reason as to why it didn’t want the casino operators’ license to be canceled if found guilty of not reporting cases of sexual harassment.
Recently, Nevada’s gaming board decided to have former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn – accused of sexual misconduct – out of the casino gambling industry.
The gaming board filed a complaint demanding Steve Wynn to be banned from the industry. In its 23-page complaint, the gaming board said that Wynn is “unsuitable to be associated with a gaming enterprise or the gaming industry as a whole.”