The Awl posted a little note about how Gawker will now be offering employees the option of, you know, becoming actual employees. The interesting thing that came out of this announcement? In the comments, there was speculation that this change came about because former Gawker writer Sheila M won her unemployment case:
“This is due to Sheila winning her unemployment case, which must have resulted in the state government following up with Gawker to see why it wasn’t paying state employment taxes. Way to go!”
A few comments later, it appears this speculation is confirmed by commenter “Sheila M” herself:
“Hahaha. I’m going to go ahead and take some credit here for calling his ass out. Jesus fucking Christ Denton, I bet the IRS got real interested in your book-cooking and shoddy-ass legal counsel.”
If that’s true and Denton was not paying unemployment tax for any of his writers, it’s, well, shameful. This is especially true for a publication that cremes its britches over pointing out the employment condition failings of other institutions… such as:
- Calling restaurant owners “evil.“
- Having a laugh at Google’s policies.
- “Shaming” ALM over the conditions of its bathroom (Bathrooms!)
- Or, maybe best of all, listing “stupid corporate cost-cutting tricks.”
Of course this hypocrisy doesn’t include the way this kind of (awfully, awfully Republican!) activity fucks New York state in general (though that doesn’t stop Gawker from laughing at the “scumbags” in Albany).
Update: Doree puts the pieces together.