Controversial tip policy at Wynn Las Vegas is still under fire



Vegas Casino tip policy stitches in a court lawsuit

Supreme court punts the case back to the court as well as Wynn Las Vegas card dealers battle over tipping policy.

May card dealers in Las Vegas can keep up with all the tips that they build a spacious gambling customers?

Exactly that question is to be discussed at a big name casino on the Strip — Wynn Las Vegas — after the Supreme court of the V. S. punted and decided not to hear a case about the long tipping dispute between the casino and the 800 of its current and former card dealers.

Table hosts who deal blackjack, baccarat, craps, and poker at the fight to strike down the current tipping policy, which they to the loss of fifteen percent of the tips earned and give them to their immediate superiors, who to pay, and with each other. (Regulators, also known as “pit bosses,” are generally employees who do not receive tips from customers.)

The Wynn Las Vegas is looking to the overthrow of a decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would affect a tip-sharing policy.



The policy was first established in 2006 and has been met with opposition since. Dealers say they have been cheated out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

Lawyers for the dealers submitted the last event in 2013 in the district court and lost, with the court with the argument that, according to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, Wynn was right in the bundling of the tips for a shared status as Wynn dealers already minimum wage and collect tips on top of the basic salary.

But once appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that decision destroyed.

Wynn Las Vegas then petitioned the Supreme court to overturn that ruling, which in fact will void the current policy.

Union members that the majority of the table hosts called the high court’s decision as a success, and say that they want to their fair share of the money they earn.

Dealers are fighting the Wynn’s current tipping policy.


“It’s not just about Wynn dealers and our tips about tip earners in America,” said Kanie Kastroll, a dealer at the Wynn and union representative of the Transport Workers Union of America, which represents the game of the hosts. Kastroll has calculated that she has lost around $150,000 over 12 years the policy is in place. They deplored the fact that they have paid on her mortgage with such funds.

A spokesman for Wynn Las Vegas tells Fox News the casino will still try to defend his position, saying: “The decision of the Supreme court not to hear the case not to ratify the previous decision, nor indicate the Wynn has violated any regulation. The case will now be remanded back to the Court … We will vigorously defend our position and anticipate a finding in our favor.”


Nick Fortuna, a leading employment law attorney, who says, “this is the hottest issue now” with the court.

“This circumstance comes all the time … this case are flooding the courts,” said Fortuna. “The employer is supposed to pay to the employee the federal minimum wage, and if he pays less than that … that he may do as the workers are tilted, the employer may not force the employee to share those tips.”

The rights of employees are at the forefront of the national debate this week. The Court gave a blow to the trade unions, with the provision that member states did not force government employees to pay union fees for non-members of such collective bargaining entities.

Fortuna said clearly, labour will be reduced. In this union case, an attempt of the Trumpet of the Labor Department is trying to scrap an Obama-era rule that limited employers ‘authority to create a pool of employees’ tips.


The financial damage is huge, according to Kastroll. At the end of the day, ” she says dealers simply want to keep the money that they have earned.

“We have foreclosures, bankruptcies, suicide, depression. It is a very hostile environment. We try our best to go on and on a smile and give five star service … that’s our job, but deep inside, we are not smiling. We cry.”

Andrew Craft is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Las Vegas, Nevada . Follow him on twitter: @AndrewCraft

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