Steve Wynn resigns: Is “me too” movement also cause of rush to judgement?
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Las Vegas a major announcement on the heels of sexual assault allegations against Steve Wynn. He is stepping down from his role as CEO of Wynn resorts even though he denies those allegations.
Wynn stated, "as I have reflected upon the environment this has created -- one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts. I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles."
Is this a rush to judgment? Liz Ortenburger runs safe nest, an organization focused on breaking patterns of domestic violence. She said the only person that can stop a sexual harassment situation from happening is the person who is doing the sexual harassment. Ortenburger said it may be time for human resource departments to look at their policies and ask if those policies might be outdated. Also, observe systems of power and control.
"What we don't want to see is not taking claims seriously, but we also don't want to see a rush to judgment," Ortenburger said.
Wynn resorts have hired a Los Angeles based law firm to help investigate the sexual misconduct allegations. Current and former Wynn employees can report by phone and on the web to provide any information. As employees face a future decision about how relationships with people impact them, Ortenburger said it’s time to look at the balance in relationships.
“I certainly don't want to work in an environment where people can't compliment,” Ortenburger said.
The biggest union in Las Vegas has started talks with big resorts about contracts. One item on their agenda is to discuss a panic button option for all employees who may feel unsafe.
"It is a tricky time for us to navigate. I am cautious I don't want to see us make this progress then take ten steps backward but I also want it to remain relevant," Ortenburger said.