Monday, November 30th, 2009

Gawker Media Goes Legit

GET IN THEREExciting news over at the world's last profitable (online) magazine company, Gawker Media! We're hearing that the company's widespread use of full-time yet non-employee contractors is finally being ended. Workers at the company's various blogs will have the choice between going full-time, as actual employees, or staying as contract workers, but only working four days a week. This is awesome news for those among us who were afraid that in the hideous future, no one would ever find employee status anywhere again. On a day-to-day level, this is less awesome for Gawker Media employees, who have to choose between being squeezed into the office (where, exactly?) for every workday or retaining their freedom to take on additional work elsewhere. Still, we're sure there are various benefits for the company in this, and for the employees as well. (And once they're employees, they can more easily unionize. Ha ha, JUST JOSHING.)

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musicmope (#428)

Should we all star posting our resumes here?

brianvan (#149)

No resumes. Only links to your own snarky Tumblrs.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Maybe, just possibly perhaps, the ownership sees some advantage in this.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Does this mean they will also stop using anonymous writers? Ha ha. Of course not.

I first read that as "annoying writers" and nodded with approval.

(NOT UNRELATED: I should somehow acquire a fucking life.)

BoHan (#29)

Sounds peculiarly like Nicky got a Microsoft letter from the IRS.

HiredGoons (#603)

So you get to choose to row above or below deck? M'eh.

shaunr (#726)


petejayhawk (#1,249)

I don't know how anyone gets any work done in that place. It's like a giant blogging factory. Awful acoustics, too. I'd find it very distracting. Maybe that's why I'm not a blogger.

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!

cherrispryte (#444)

Really? That's intriguing.

Well, pure speculation on my part, but…the pieces fit.

Not that I'm saying Denton is above such a thing as not paying Unemployment Insurance, but seriously, that's like the first thing you have to do when you incorporate. New York State will nail your ass for that.

fek (#93)

#NOTJOSHING. Once we get Card Check passed, this is gonna be a cinch. AJ's got a Norma Rae costume and everything.

rj77 (#210)

Will he don said costume with or without the 'stache?

contradicto (#443)

I would love to know the real reasoning behind this. Sounds like Denton got in trouble.

Wait, does this mean we no longer have to do 12 posts per day?

fek (#93)


Sheila M (#2,375)

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.

Balls you metaphorically have.

brianvan (#149)

That's a terrible thing to say about Gaby's ass!

Hez (#147)

Cheers, Sheils (I'm sure our pal Spiegelman is toasting you tonight as well). Not sure I agree with the moniker Christ Denton, but I'm willing to overlook it.

crookedE (#1,817)


missdelite (#625)

That's for whistleblowers, everywhere.

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