White: Smith’s Complaint Isn’t My Problem
One of the people that would be most aware of Leslie Smith’s legal filing regarding potential labor law breaches, had barely any idea it was happening.
While speaking with Matt Serra and Jim Norton on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Dana White claimed he was only slightly aware of Smith’s complaint to the National Labor Relations Board.
“Apparently she did (file a complaint),” White said on the podcast. “I don’t know that much about this to talk about it. I literally don’t know anything about it. I know that she’s upset and she filed something. She’s suing us or filed something with somebody. I don’t know. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t focus on that (expletive) anymore. That’s not my problem. That’s somebody else’s problem. I get to do all the fun (expletive).”
Smith’s claim is the UFC terminated her contract in a retaliatory move for her involvement with Project Spearhead. Smith alleges that the move by the UFC is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, which protects workers from retaliation for engaging in unionizing activities.
This could have far-reaching implications for the UFC, with the idea of whether fighters are employees and not independent contractors, with millions of dollars potentially being paid in back pay and taxes.
Original Story: MMA Junkie