The headaches that Las Vegas Sands Corp. is feeling over its casino operations in the Chinese gambling island of Macau are continuing. The company has two lawsuits coming up that were filed by former employees or business partners of Sands' Macau division. Billions of dollars in judgments could be at stake in the commercial litigation.
Certain jobs in Las Vegas come with an employment contract. When the person leave the company, certain provisions in the contract may follow them. Examples of this could include a non-compete clause or other provisions designed to protect the business from being harmed by the former employee's knowledge of company secrets and contacts with clients.
The Spearmint Rhino dancing clubs in Las Vegas recently settled an employee misclassification lawsuit filed by dancers at the club. The dancers claimed they were wrongfully classified as independent contractors at the club and did not receive the proper wages and benefits entitled to full-time employees.
Company privacy policies, written out in handbooks, are often given to workers by human resource departments. Non-compete and confidentiality agreements, given to managers, prohibit the disclosing of information held valuable to the company. Commercial litigation often involves disputes between businesses and workers accused of violated these principles, sometimes because they accept a job from a competitor after they leave.
A former employee of Las Vegas' Erotic Heritage Museum is bringing a wide array of accusations against her former boss and lover in a new lawsuit against the museum and its owner. Among other things, the plaintiff, who was fired in 2010, accuses the owner of defaming her and indirectly causing her personal injury after their affair ended. She says she her career has been harmed by the defendant's actions and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Back on Feb. 17, we brought you the story of a Las Vegas Strip restaurant and the lawsuit brought against it by two former bartenders, who contended that the restaurant's manager sexually harassed them. That litigation is now over after the restaurant, RM Seafood at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, reached a financial settlement with the plaintiffs. However, the restaurant now faces a new employment law-related suit over the way it has its wait staff pool their tips.
Three employees of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada have filed a class action lawsuit against the hospital for what they say were illegal deductions from their pay. The plaintiffs, who say their suit was filed on behalf of "at least 50" other UMC employees, allege that hospital management forced them to work through lunch while not paying them for the resulting overtime.
Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. will not have to defend itself in litigation that alleges a Harrah's casino employee died of leukemia because of on-the-job smoke exposure. A federal judge recently dismissed the wrongful death suit, which she said should have been pursued as a workers' compensation claim.
Palms Casino Resort, a mainstay of the Las Vegas Strip, is suing a former host for allegedly stealing confidential company information about thousands of high roller customers by sending the information to her personal email account. For her part, the former employee is suing Palms for retaliatory termination after she was fired two days after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.
Actor and political pundit Ben Stein has lost the majority of his breach of contract lawsuit against a Japanese company after the company backed out of a deal to have Stein star in commercials for computer printers. Stein had filed the litigation against the company, Kyocera Mita, claiming that the company violated his First Amendment rights and broke his employment contract after finding out his views on climate change.