Mary Catena won the 2020 College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers annual student writing contest with a study of WWE professional wrestlers and their lack of workers compensation benefits, titled “Putting the Smackdown on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. With the Raw Truth: WWE Wrestlers Are Employees.” Catena earned her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in May 2021. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degrees in political science and business administration. Prior to attending law school, she spent more than 30 years in the workforce, including work as a pizza delivery driver, restaurant owner, linehaul driver, staff accountant and, most recently, as an assistant controller for a restaurant franchisor. In law school, Catena developed an interest in labor law and Workers’ Compensation and intends to practice in those areas. She plans to attend the Labor Law LL.M. program at Wayne State University Law School this fall.
Take a deep dive into pro wrestling’s lack of Workers’ Compensation with guest scholar and attorney Mary Catena. What it means for contract workers.
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