Wynn or lose when it comes to sexual harassment…

By Perly Viasmensky
I have heard all kinds of things about Steve Wynn. I read everywhere how shameful his name may be to the gaming and the entertainment industry in our city. I feel the satisfaction that many likely feel about the news that he has been fined $20 million for damaging the reputation of the company reflected in the claim that Wynn Resort has failed to investigate claims from at least eight women that they were sexually harassed in the workplace.
I, as a woman, cannot understand why or how a woman can wait so many years to expose a criminal act such as they have—ten years? No, not even one year; one year is way too long in my opinion, but assuming I needed the job that badly, if the person who disrespects me calls for an appointment—even if I were going to get a $1,000 tip—I would go to lunch, go to the bathroom, go on my break, go anywhere, and let the next manicurist take the thousand dollar tip.
Oh, but it is very hard, it is very difficult to let go of one thousand dollars and all one can do is pray that the good tipper likes the next person better than he likes me.
I have never been able to understand the delay in reporting malicious acts and why they are tolerated; maybe it is my legal mentality, but I always believed that it is better to put it on the record. Maybe people do not believe me, maybe people are afraid to respond to accusations against a wealthy and powerful individual, but it will still be on the record and when the next person comes along with the same accusation there will be another report “on the record” against
that wealthy and powerful person and it will add up until someone will take action. That way there will be all those “on the record” accusations and charges to help support the next one.
I know that some may think that because a woman is not as young or as good looking as the next one, why would a man make a move on her; but remember, we were all young once, and like any other older woman today, we were once better looking and more desirable.
What I don’t understand is why sex and compromising positions have to become the issues, and why women allow themselves to become sexual objects as long as it is convenient to them or as long as they get paid for their commercials or for their time.
I was looking at a commercial on television the other day about the Casa Blanca Hotel and Casino in the neighboring city of Mesquite, which claimed to be “like Vegas used to be,” and I wondered what the gaming, the lobster tails, and the swimming pool had to do with being almost naked coming in and out of the pool; why can’t those ladies use a “normal” sexy bikini instead of a G-string and a very tiny bra?
Everyone is so quick to criticize a good-looking woman who likes to dress sexy and the first thing they do or say when a young woman is assaulted or raped is to say something like “look how she dresses” when in reality how she dresses has nothing to do with the criminal act committed by that man who doesn’t know how to handle a real woman, young, old, pretty or not, mature or not.
And another sad thing is that even police officers who work vice are as guilty as anyone else and they assume that every good-looking woman who dresses sexy and is happy while out on the town drinking and gambling with her own money has to be a hooker.
That happens most of the time when the immaturity of the officer and lack of security at the gambling establishment, coupled with the fact that maybe that young sexy woman may have a better job than the vice-cop assuming the worst, and yet she may make more money dancing or even as a valet parker in one week than that vice-cop makes in one month or more.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.

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