Brenna Schrader, a Wynn Resorts massage therapist, has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging it has retaliated against her by creating a “hostile work environment.” This is the latest in a series of complaints and a pending lawsuit against former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn.
Schrader first filed a federal class action lawsuit against Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts in 2019. According to the lawsuit, Schrader was “conditioned” to believe she was not allowed to say no to Wynn or any of the VIP guests after she began working for Wynn Resorts in 2010. She was told to give Wynn a massage in 2012 and alleges that he “ordered her to perform a sex act on him” after finding him “completely exposed” when she began the massage.
The lawsuit said Schrader was forced to act as an “on-call sexual servant” going forward.
In the latest complaint, which was filed in Nevada by attorneys Robert Eglet, Tracy Eglet and Danielle Miller, Schrader alleges that she has been called a “prostitute” and other derogatory names by staff members. Schrader claims these working conditions have created a “psychological prison” for her.
The complaint stated: “Plaintiff was subjected to rape and sexual assaults beginning in 2012 until 2018 by either Mr. Wynn or a VIP guest and was required to remain on call for Mr. Wynn’s sexual satisfaction.
“This left Plaintiff unable to defend herself or escape and, in many instances, exhibiting symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.” In addition to the sexual assault allegations, Thursday’s lawsuit alleges Schrader “continues to endure hostile and retaliatory treatment, as well as conduct that is sexually hostile for female employees to this day.”
The lawsuit has also accused Maurice Wooden, a former Wynn Resorts executive, of “attempting to cover up Wynn’s sexual misconduct and posting memorandums urging employees to support Wynn.” Because of the conditions, Schrader has been working in an “atmosphere where many employees began to call Mr. Wynn’s accusers ‘sluts’ and ‘prostitutes,’” according to the complaint.
“It was not until around April 2019, when Plaintiff sought the help of a therapist, that she could begin to come to terms with her situation,” the lawsuit said. “However, even with therapy, Plaintiff still struggles to interact with men and is very distrusting of them.”