Bad allegations against WWE: will employees be forced to work on TV recordings despite the rampant corona pandemic? An anonymous employee complained to the authorities out of fear for his health and his job. WWE denies.
Is WWE forcing its employees to work during the Corona crisis? In any case, one such complaint has been received by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. Orange County is the Florida district where WWE operates the Performance Center (Orlando). Local US media reported on this on Tuesday.
An anonymous person who goes by the name of “John” has told the agency that he was forced to work on TV recording in fear of a possible termination from WWE. Despite the Florida stay-at-home arrangement. The claim of the alleged employee: The government should shut down the TV recordings until further notice.
At Tuesday’s Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting, a #WWE employee named „John“ submitted public comment they’re being „forced to work“ TV tapings despite stay at home orders. Says he’s unable to speak out and feels he will be fired if he approaches his higher-ups. pic.twitter.com/UJTvX1RGc7
– Jon Alba (@JonAlba) April 21, 2020
“I’m afraid of losing the job”
The wording: “I cannot express my point of view because I need this job. And I know I’ll be fired if I approach the superiors. Despite hygiene measures, we are not able to adhere to social distancing, we have to touch other people.
I urge the government to shut down these tapings and enforce the stay-at-home arrangement so that my colleagues and I can adhere to the social distancing rules. Without fear or the impact of losing our jobs. “
The role in which the person “John” works at WWE was not mentioned.
WWE CALLS THE STATEMENTS FALSE
WWE responded to the allegations with this statement to PWInsider:
“These allegations are not true. The employees know that they can contact our human resources department in confidence, not the public. “
WWE also referred to the regulations introduced in production, which are supposed to guarantee safe handling: “Should someone still feel uncomfortable with the conditions, he / she would not be dismissed.” .
WWE is currently planning to broadcast all TV programs (Raw, SmackDown, NXT) from the Performance Center for the coming months. However, one has rowed back from the intention of broadcasting weekly. The currently valid schedule can be found here.
The anger for Vince McMahon does not stop: After the XFL-Aus was announced and the Football League went bankrupt, Oliver Luck, the former commissioner, is now taking legal action against WWE & XFL boss Vince McMahon. Because of an unjustified termination.
Luck was hired by Vince McMahon as one of the driving forces behind the XFL project and has been commissioner since May 2018. After the game came to an abrupt end after only five weeks due to the Corona crisis, Luck feels that the handling has been neglected and wants to close this chapter with the best possible remuneration.