Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wrote in a tweet today that he has been in contact with the Department of Labor regarding WWE’s classification of their wrestlers as independent contractors, and claims he can help “get you what Vince owes you.”
“Had a call with the Department of Labor,” the tweet reads. If you are a current or former WWE performer who feels you were misclassified as an independent contractor contact Lucas Middlebrook and let’s get you what Vince owes you. Been a long time coming but this storyline is real.”
Lucas Middlebrook is a union-side labor attorney who represents airline and professional sports labor groups.
This has, indeed, been a long time coming for Yang — this is not the first time he’s= brought WWE’s use of the “independent contractor” classification to skirt employee benefits and protections. In September, he tweeted the following in response to reports that WWE was banning its wrestlers from profiting off of services such as Cameo and Twitch:
If I’m not the Secretary of Labor I’m pretty confident I’ll have his or her number to talk about the ridiculous classification of WWE wrestlers as independent contractors while controlling their name and likeness for years, even for something as benign as Cameo.
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