Wrestling with independent contractors

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From Lexology — 

Unlike other professional athletes, wrestlers, as non-employees cannot unionize. As independent contractors, wrestlers are also left without traditional employment benefits such as health insurance. While Vince McMahon is in many ways a modern-day P.T. Barnum, his enterprise remains a cautionary tale for most private sector employers today.

Various states and the federal government (and their respective courts) are increasingly scrutinizing independent contractor relationships, and more often than not concluding that they are actually misclassified employees. Here in Miami, U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Goodman recently provisionally allowed a group of 500 exotic dancers to collectively pursue unpaid wage claims against a club that had classified them as independent contractors. This week, the Nevada Supreme Court also ruled that exotic dancers were employees, not independent contractors…..

Last month, 800 newspaper delivery workers in San Diego settled their wage claims for $3.2 million after alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors…..”

Read the full story at Wrestling with independent contractors – Lexology.

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