An unknown number of employees at Wynn Resorts Ltd., the parent company of Wynn Las Vegas, will face a second round of furloughs while more than 870 employees at Circus Circus and the Tropicana are expected to be laid off in September and October.
“Although we retained all of our people while we were closed, we now know how challenged business volumes in Las Vegas are and are staffing to the significantly reduced demand,” spokesman Michael Weaver tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
During the 78 days that Gov. Steve Sisolak closed nonessential businesses including casinos, the company paid its furloughed staff, costing the company nearly $250 million. While the company did not reveal the number of furloughed employees, it did Wynn Resorts employ 30,200 people in Las Vegas, Massachusetts, and Macao, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with nearly 16,400 based in the United States.
Tropicana, which plans to reopen on September 1, said it will lay off 620 employees beginning October 15 over a 14-day period, according to CDC Gaming Reports. The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice with the Nevada Department of Employment on July 3 forewarning of the layoffs.
“These layoffs at Tropicana Las Vegas, Inc. are the unfortunate result of COVID-19 related business circumstances that were sudden, dramatic and beyond our control,” Mike Thoma, Tropicana’s assistant general manager tells the Department of Employment. “The impact on our business was not reasonably foreseeable until now.”
Circus Circus, owned by billionaire Phil Ruffin, who acquired the property from MGM Resorts last year, will phase in 252 layoffs starting September 1. CDC Gaming Reports writes that 93 guest room attendants are among the positions being eliminated. The company furloughed 2,074 employees on March 17.
• Wynn Resorts furloughing workers [LVRJ]
• Las Vegas: Circus Circus, Tropicana plan layoffs of a combined 872 workers [CDC Gaming Reports]