We've seen it in the NFL and the NHL and yesterday a complaint was filed against the WWE on behalf of over 50 retired male and female wrestlers claiming neurological injuries.
Some of the wrestlers involved in the suit include Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Joseph "Road Warrior Animal" Laurinaitis and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff. And Reuters is reporting that, according to the complaint Snuka, Laurinaitis and Orndorff "suffer from cognitive difficulties including headaches, dizziness and memory loss, while Snuka and Orndorff also experience confusion, depression and mood swings."
The suit accuses the WWE and Vince McMahon of classifying wrestlers as "independent contractors" rather than employees in order to avoid liability under worker protection laws.
The complaint states that, "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."
They are also accusing the WWE of concealing the neurological risks and the nature of brain injuries attributable to wrestling.
The WWE has released a statement:
"This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same. We’re confident this lawsuit will suffer the same fate as his prior attempts and be dismissed."
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