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Wynn Las Vegas, L.L.C. v. Baldonado

Supreme Court of Nevada

October 31, 2013

WYNN LAS VEGAS, LLC, a/k/a Wynn Casino Las Vegas, Appellant,
v.
Daniel BALDONADO; Joseph Cesarz; and Quyngoc Tang, Individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Respondents.

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Kamer Zucker Abbott and Gregory J. Kamer and Bryan J. Cohen, Las Vegas; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Eugene Scalia and Porter Wilkinson, Washington, D.C., for Appellants.

Leon Greenberg Professional Corporation and Leon M. Greenberg, Las Vegas, for Respondents.

Catherine Cortez Masto, Attorney General, and Kimberly A. Arguello, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Carson City, for Amicus Curiae State of Nevada, Department of Business and Industry, Office of the Labor Commissioner.

Gabroy Law Offices and Christian J. Gabroy, Henderson, for Amici Curiae Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1637, Churches of Southern Nevada, Interfaith Worker Justice, Assemblyman Paul Aizley, Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, Assemblyman Joseph M. Hogan, and Assemblyman James Ohrenschall.

Lemons Grundy & Eisenberg and Robert L. Eisenberg, Reno, for Amicus Curiae Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino.

Lewis & Roca LLP and Daniel F. Polsenberg and Joel D. Henriod, Las Vegas, for Amici Curiae Nevada Resort Association and Nevada Restaurant Association.

McCracken, Stemerman & Holsberry and Richard G. McCracken, Las Vegas, for Amicus Curiae Local Joint Executive Board of Las Vegas.

Urban Law Firm and Michael A. Urban and Shannon M. Gallo, Las Vegas, for Amicus Curiae Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 721.

BEFORE THE COURT EN BANC.

OPINION

DOUGLAS, J.:

In this appeal, we must determine if Nevada law allows employers to require employees to pool their tips with other employees of a different rank. After considering the parties' arguments and the applicable provisions in NRS Chapter 608, we conclude that Nevada law permits the tip-pooling policy at issue here.

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Appellant, the Wynn Las Vegas, restructured its table-games department and implemented its current tip-pooling policy for its table-games employees. The Wynn eliminated several positions in the table-games department, including the vice president of table-games operations, shift manager, assistant shift manager, pit manager, and floor supervisor. After the restructure, the table-games department consisted of casino managers, assistant casino managers, casino service team leads (CSTL), ...


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