Kelly Klein is a former Women of Honor Champion that was prominently featured as the face of the division. Now, she is taking them to court.
Heel By Nature has reported Klein has named ROH, GM Greg Gilliand, the company’s head booker Hunter Johnston, COO Joe Koff, and Jamar “Jay Lethal” Shipman in the lawsuit.
Klein’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract, unpaid royalties, and violation of state and federal equal pay acts. She has also noted breach of implied contract, abusive discharge, discrimination and harassment, and unsafe work environment in her lawsuit, filed February 24th of this year.
The lawsuit also alleges her termination on December 31st, 2019happened because she complained about women not receiving equal pay from the company, lack of safety, and medical protocol. In addition, it is also alleged that Jay Lethal made her feel uncomfortable during a situation in a hot tub. Lethal was the agent/producer for women’s matches and due to her lack of comfort, it caused her to request another agent for her matches.
The lawsuit claims ROH never investigated any of her complaints, adding that the women’s roster complainted about a lack of storylines and television time during a 2018 meeting and asked for a raise from $20,000 to $24,000 annually, but Gilliand turned it down.
It was then added that despite being unwilling to raise the pay of the women, an unnamed male performer was making $184,000 annually. Klein was allegedly told she would not be allowed to train at the company’s dojo as long as Lethal was there.
This is a developing story and we will have more on it as it comes out.
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