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Volunteers Accuse MLB of Violating Minimum Wage Laws

S.D.N.Y. Blog — Matthew Popowsky

In a complaint filed today, a putative class of New Yorkers who worked as unpaid volunteers for Major League Baseball have accused the league of violating minimum wage laws.  Citing the recent decision by Judge Pauley in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, which held that two unpaid film industry interns were “employees” under federal labor laws, the volunteers at a recent MLB fan event claim that MLB took advantage of their unpaid labor while providing only “a shirt, a cap and a cinch drawstring backpack, free admission for the volunteer and one guest to FanFest, a water bottle, and a baseball.”

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