Former minor league players sue MLB over low salaries

Thursday July 10th, 2014

Former minor-league players filed a class-action lawsuit against each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams saying they are in violation of federal wage and overtime laws, reports the Associated Press.

One player, Aaron Senne, said he was paid $1,100 a month and received $25 a day in meal money when he played for the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers, a short-season Class-A affiliate.

Senne made $7,000 in 2012 and minor-leaguers aren't paid during spring training or offseason conditioning work.

While the suit began with just three plaintiffs, Senne and two others, other former minor leaguers from all 30 MLB teams have been added as the former players seek class-action status. 

At the time the suit was filed, the plaintiffs also named the Office of the Commissioner, Commissioner Bud Selig and three teams (the Kansas City Royals, the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants) in the suit.

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The lawsuit, which was filed in San Francisco earlier this year, is based upon the Fair Labor Standards Act, a 1938 law which mandates a minimum wage for workers and requires overtime for most employees who work more than 40 hours weekly.

The lawsuit also says that about 6,000 minor league players are funneled through five levels of baseball's farm system: Rookie and Short-Season A, Class-A, Advanced Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A.

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