The Exemption of Professional Sports Teams from the Fair Labor Standards Act and FLSA lawsuits brought by minor league baseball players against professional sports teams.

Fast forward two years later…

The United States District Court in San Francisco ruled that the lawsuit can be certified as a class action. As a result, roughly 10,000 current and former minor league players can join the group of 32 players that filed a lawsuit in February 2014.

The lawsuit was filed by former farm team members Oliver Odle of the San Francisco Giants, Aaron Senne of the Miami Marlins and Michael Liberto of the Kansas City Royals. The former players are seeking to change the current minor league wage structure.

Major League Baseball has countered the lawsuit by claiming that playing minor league baseball was never meant to be a career but has always been considered a defacto internship and a stepping stone to the major leagues. So under the direction of Stan Brand, Minor League Baseball’s vice president who doubles as a power-broker attorney on Capitol Hill, Major League Baseball is petitioning Congress to include minor league ballplayers to the list of 35 occupations not required to receive minimum wage or overtime pay as dictated in the Federal Labor Standards Act. …Known as exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act relieving seasonal recreational or amusement employers
from their obligation to pay the minimum wage and overtime.



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