The lawsuit Kelly Klein has filed against Ring of Honor's Joe Koff, Greg Gilleland, and others may have a revolutionary verdict, according to her lawyer.
Stephen P. New issued a statement to WrestleZone, claiming that the lawsuit states Klein should not be considered an independent contractor but an employee.
“The one thing the [wrestling news sites] are all missing is the misclassification allegations in the lawsuit as well. We are asking the court to strike down the independent contractor agreement in its entirety,” New said. “This could be revolutionary for the entire industry if the federal judge rules in our favor,” New added. “I’m excited to see how this will go.”
Article 73 and 74 of the first claim in the suit focuses on the difference between an independent contractor and employees.
“73. The arbitration provisions purport to apply to the determination of whether Klein is, in fact, an independent contractor or an employee and its terms purport to prohibit the determination that Klein is an employee as the arbitration provisions attempt to prohibit the modification of the contract.
“74. The State of Maryland has a strong public policy that employees be paid the wages they are due and a strong public policy to ensure that individuals are not misclassified as independent contractors when, in fact, they are employees.”
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