In Nevada the guy behind the coming $2.5 billion casino resort The Drew Las Vegas is currently being sued over allegations that he did not uphold the employment of five former executives who he fired following the coronavirus-related shutdown in the state.
According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article on Thursday, the complaint filed in Clark County District Court alleges that Steve Witkoff had ‘aggressively recruited’ the five in February by lengthy packages offering six-figure compensation and a variety of incentives. The claimants reportedly included provisions in relation to these deals that ensured that they would be paying for the rest of their contracts unless they were justly dismissed for reasons.
Nevertheless, the newspaper reported that on March 31, complainants Farid Matraki, Robert Mancari, Michael Tozzi and Paul Berry claimed they were unexpectedly released from their positions with the development of the Las Vegas Strip, with fellow petitioner Michael Peltyn also receiving his own marching orders the following week. Such acts allegedly began about two weeks after Witkoff had halted work on the 67-story The Drew Las Vegas to comply with a lockout order given by Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada caused by coronavirus.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal claimed that the five former workers’ legal case also alleges that Witkoff had refused to comply with the compensation conditions found in their contracts and, instead, had required them to surrender their potential remuneration demands in exchange for just two months’ salaries.
The newspaper confirmed that the case, which also includes the defendant Alex Witkoff, Executive Vice-President for The Drew Las Vegas, as well as the Chief Executive of the 24.5-acre site, Robert Baldwin, is demanding a verdict that will see the five compensated their full unpaid wages.
The filing of the suit, which also names Chris Nordling, Chief Financial Officer for The Drew Las Vegas, as a claimant, comes a little over three weeks after multiple companies lodged charges against Witkoff in the wake of allegations that they are already owed tens of millions of dollars for the work they performed on the Nevada facility under-construction.
Paul Trimmer serves as an attorney for the Witkoff team and officially told the newspaper that this current case ‘does not have much substance’ and that the defendants now plan to ‘vigorously’ challenge the allegations.