More Information on the Discrimination Claim Filed Against TNA
Here is a follow up on our story (Discrimination Suit Filed Against TNA) about the wrestler who has filed a charge of unlawful discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against TNA.
The former Gut Check participant, whose identity is still being withheld for now due to his fear that this could very well compromise his career, filed the charge back in April. The EEOC felt there was a strong enough case and moved forward with it. They have reached out several times to the company to get a response and have yet to receive anything significant from them.
Here is an excerpt from the email I received detailing the story.
From what I’ve been told by the wrestler, the EEOC has been in touch with a Mr. Creede Williams, who is Panda Energy International’s senior vice president and general counsel. Mr. Williams serves on the company’s executive team and oversees all legal matters, including litigation, project and corporate finance, governance, M&A activities, divestitures, State and Federal regulatory affairs, securities compliance, departmental budget and management responsibilities, in addition to shareholder relations. Prior to becoming general counsel, Mr. Williams served in various executive roles within the organization, including assistant general counsel and secretary, as well as general counsel to Panda’s subsidiary entertainment company, TNA Entertainment, LLC.
About 4 weeks ago, Mr. Williams asked for an extension to respond to these charges, and present a response, and to date, the EEOC has yet to receive such. The wrestler has been informed that corporate attorneys will often delay a response for many reasons, including imminent bankruptcies, or closing the doors of a company. While the financial profile of TNA cannot be determined at this time, the fact remains that several TNA wrestlers have received their pay late. PWInsider.com is reporting that the blame is being put on Panda Energy, TNA’s parent company. They are stating that the movement from their side appears to be “slow.” Their source that claimed to be six weeks behind was “being ridiculous” and the issues have been resolved since the initial report.
Some of the third party vendors are behind in getting paid as well, and one unnamed wrestler said that he heard that some workers checks were up to four weeks late, despite statements from TNA to the contrary.
Several wrestlers have commented that things aren’t as bad as reports make them out to be and with another string of “cuts” being made, you would have to think otherwise. While bringing TNA’s weekly show IMPACT! on the road has seemed to be less than profitable for them it would seem that Panda Energy doesn’t think they can last.
Personally I feel as if they are delaying a response for one of two reasons, one they think that the wrestler in question will just give up after getting no response from them or two they really feel that the company is a sinking ship and indeed plan to pull the plug on them.
My source tells me that in the coming weeks there will be more information given about the case, the victim is also questioning if he/she should come forward to force TNA and Panda Energy to respond and move the case forward before it’s too late.
We will be sure to keep you up to date on the story as it breaks.
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