Adam Birch, the wrestler and backstage staffer best known to fans as Joey Mercury, has filed a lawsuit against Ring of Honor and parent company Sinclair Broadcasting, as reported by WrestleZone.
Birch filed the suit in the state of Maryland, claiming that he was misclassified as an independent contractor, as opposed to an employee. Birch was with Ring of Honor from May 2018 to October 2019.
Birch claims that he was forced to leave the company due to a lack of concern in regards to talent, as well as working without a "commensurate increase" in pay.
The former WWE star also claims that he complained about what he believed was an unsafe working environment. Additionally, Birch also believed he was paid significantly less than others who performed the same work as him, and he is also seeking royalties.
Shortly after his exit from Ring of Honor in 2019, Birch frequently tweeted about the problems he felt were inherent in Ring of Honor and its management structure. In particular, Birch offered much criticism for company general manager Greg Gilleland.