Associated Press “Dozens of wrestlers sue WWE for damages over brain injuries” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/19/dozens-of-wrestlers-sue-wwe-for-damages-over-brain-injuries
The complaint was filed on behalf of more than 50 plaintiffs who have performed with WWE or its predecessors since the 1970s, including Joseph “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis and Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff.
It accused Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE and chairman Vince McMahon of intentionally classifying wrestlers as “independent contractors” rather than employees, as a means to avoid liability under applicable worker protection laws.
“WWE placed corporate gain over its wrestlers’ health, safety, and financial security, choosing to leave the plaintiffs severely injured and with no recourse to treat their damaged minds and bodies,” the complaint said.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as improved medical monitoring.
WWE has won the dismissal of some claims in other lawsuits accusing it of hiding the risks of head trauma from wrestling.
The National Football League and National Hockey League have also been sued by retired players over head injuries.