Wynn Las Vegas employees sue over second-hand smoke exposure

Legal news for Nevada employment attorneys. The Wynn is being accused of neglecting the adverse health affects of second-hand smoke in its employees.

Nevada employment lawyers alert- A lawsuit charges Wynn Las Vegas of failing to protect employees from second-hand smoke.

Las Vegas, NV—A Las Vegas luxury strip casino, Wynn Las Vegas, is being accused in a recent lawsuit of neglecting the health effects of second-hand smoke in its employees. The class-action seeking status lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas by Wynn Las Vegas worker, Kanie Kastroll, on behalf of all affected workers, as reported by the Las Vegas Sun.

According to the lawsuit, the Wynn has neglected to take active steps to designate certain areas of the gaming sections as smoke-free sections. Also, dealers are not allowed to have fans on their tables. The suit continues to state the Wynn has failed to monitor the health of the employees in direct contact of smoke, nor have they helped employees already affected and harmed by the smoke. The lawsuit asserts “Wynn Las Vegas, however, continues to gamble with its employees’ health and welfare in order to cut costs and maintain the status quo… Employees at Wynn Las Vegas are forbidden from complaining about the amount of second-hand smoke that they are forced to inhale and risk losing their jobs if they voice dissent.” The lawsuit claims that exposure to the second-hand smoke is causing eye irritation, coughing, sore throat, sneezing, shortness of breath, dizziness, wheezing, tightness in the chest, asthma, headache, nausea and ingestion of cancer-causing chemicals and toxins. In addition the suit claims, the Wynn occasionally makes accommodations for female casino employees who are pregnant while working in the smoke filled casion, but the decision is only at the discretion of an individual floor supervisors. The class-action seeking lawsuit is asking that Wynn “to take reasonable measures to protect its employees from second-hand smoke”, including undisclosed costs and attorney’s fees.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Nevada employment lawyers.