WWE has viewed their Superstars as “independent contractors” since the company was founded, but their exclusive contracts seem to tell a different story. Now the company might be forced into treating their Superstars like real employees.
There is a bill that passed in the California State Senate that is expected to pass through the State Assembly and made into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 1st. This will redefine how employees and independent contracts are viewed.
Essentially, it would mean that WWE and AEW have to view their wrestlers as employees while performing in California.
The simple alternative would be to stay out of California, but it might not be that simple. Other states are apparently close to following suit.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Oregon, Washington State, and New York were also considering adopting this legislation. If that happens then it will be pretty hard to stay out of both California and New York.