Wynn requests court order for Fontainebleau to 'stop poaching executives'

April 9, 2024
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Its pending lawsuit against the resort began in late February.

Wynn Las Vegas has requested for a Clark County District Court judge to issue an order for Fontainebleau “to immediately stop poaching its executives,” according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal local report.

Wynn sued the new Las Vegas resort in late February. The operator's attorneys have released additional details regarding the pending suit.

According to a recent motion filed by Wynn’s lawyers, the company “has repeatedly contacted Wynn executives bound by noncompete clauses to convince them to quit and go to work for the new resort.”

Clark County business court Judge Mark Denton is expected to issue a ruling on the preliminary injunction within 30 days, the local report said.

According to court documents, Wynn claimed that Fontainebleau offered to double one Wynn executive’s salary in an effort to bring him into the company.

The motion said, “Fontainebleau has repeatedly interfered with, and attempted to interfere with, Wynn’s employment agreements.

“Given its history, it is likely to continue to do so. For these reasons, Wynn asks this court to enjoin the Fontainebleau defendants from interfering with Wynn’s contractual relationships, including by soliciting third parties to break contractual agreements with Wynn or to refrain from entering into prospective contractual agreements with Wynn.”

So far, Fontainebleau officials have declined to comment.

In related news, Fontainebleau Las Vegas has added several members to its executive team. The changes will affect its human resources, marketing and security divisions. The operator said in a statement that three of these appointments are “in-house promotions.”

Fontainebleau has promoted Kim Virtuoso to Chief People Officer, Lori Kobashigawa to SVP of Marketing and Innovation, and Sheila Tuzon to VP of Loyalty and Database Marketing.

The resort also hired Mustafa Jamal to serve as its SVP of Security and Investigations. Jamal joins the Fontainebleau team with 15 years of industry experience.


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