Well, this is interesting. The independent contractor model has been controversial for many years, as I'm sure you're all aware. Now, it may be hitting the fan.
I hope the state prevails in this. If nothing else, maybe a new law will be enacted giving the workers full employee rights.rajah.com said:The Connecticut Post is reporting WWE is being audited by officials from the state of Connecticut for classifying its wrestlers
and other staff production talent as independent contractors.
WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman blamed the increased scrutiny on Linda McMahon's run for United States Senate in an email to the publication, stating:
"Up until this election, WWE has not been fined nor investigated in the past for independent contractor classification. However, curiously the state of Connecticut is currently conducting an audit of WWE's classification of independent contractors. WWE constantly reviews its internal practices and procedures to comply with ever-changing employee laws."
Several years ago, former WWE wrestlers Mike Sanders, Raven and the now deceased Kanyon filed a lawsuit against WWE arguing their independent contractor classification from their WWE contracts. The lawsuit was dismissed.