Today, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox proposed removing the name “Wynn” from the Boston Harbor Casino currently being constructed in Everett. Steve Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of the company in February after reports were made public that he had harassed and sexually assaulted employees for decades and had paid a $7.5 million settlement to one former employee who reported that he had raped her. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) led local efforts, which gained national attention, to advocate that Wynn’s name be kept off the casino. BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella issued the following statement in response to the news:
“This is a positive step forward for the company and the Commonwealth, and it shows that we’ve reached a tipping point in how our culture responds to sexual harassment and assault. Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Congressman Michael Capuano, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley joined the community in requesting that Wynn’s name be kept off of the casino.
“As we move forward, we expect to see continued efforts by business, community, and political leaders to advocate for the change needed to end workplace sexual harassment and assault. The decision to distance the Everett casino from its parent company’s apparent failure to prevent sexual harassment and assault, and disassociating its brand from a name now linked in the public’s mind with those of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, and Larry Nassar is just the first of what we hope will be many steps to create a workplace in which all employees are safe.”