Audit finds WWE owes underpaid employment compensation

A high-profile recovery audit of World Wrestling Entertainment by the Connecticut Department of Labor has found that the company owes approximately $7,000 in underpaid unemployment compensation.

The investigation, which began in the summer of 2009, was a central point of contention during the 2010 Connecticut Senate race.

"Given the small sums involved … WWE has determined it is most cost effective to simply pay the $7,316.64 assessment under protest," wrote attorney Mary A. Gambardella in a letter to the Department of Labor's field audit unit that was obtained by the Associated Press.

The letter also indicates that WWE overpaid on taxable payroll wages in 2008 and 2009, due to a difference in opinion over employee classifications.

"We want to make sure that workers that are providing services in Connecticut have access to the unemployment insurance system if they're legally entitled," said Carl Guzzardi, the Labor Department's unemployment insurance tax director, quoted by the news source.

The WWE ultimately received no fines or penalties. 

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