An accusation was made today when a letter was read out at the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. The letter under the name ‘John’ was from an anonymous WWE employee who was accusing the company of forcing employees do work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The letter read:
“My employer, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is forcing me to work the TV tapings for its weekly shows despite the (stay at) home orders for coronavirus. I am unable to speak out as I need this job and I know I will be fired if I approach the higher-ups. Despite territory precautions, we can not maintain social distancing and have to touch other people. I request the government to shut down these tapings and enforce the stay-at-home order so my colleagues and I may follow social distancing rules without fear or repercussion of losing our jobs.”
In response to the complaint PWInsider received this statement from WWE :
“These accusations aren’t true. Employees know they can confidentially go to Human Resources, not the public. Notwithstanding the appropriate protocol, no one would be fired if they were uncomfortable with their surroundings. We’ve made accommodations for individuals upon request.”
The company line is that if anyone feels uncomfortable about working during the global health crisis then they should contact human resources regarding the situation. This was mentioned in our previous article that the wrestlers are not being forced to wrestle, however they feel that if they do not take part in Live shows they would be disadvantaged in the future.
Let’s remember that all across the world right now people are being told to work from home, and if they do have to leave the house for any reason they should be at least 2 metres apart. In wrestling these athletes are in full contact with one another putting themselves and their family at risk.
With employees already being released from their contracts last week, there will be a lot of Stars not wanting to go against management at the moment, hence the anonymity of the letter.