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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Minor league players, MLB reach settlement in minimum wage lawsuit

Minor league players and Major League Baseball have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging teams violated minimum wage laws.

Terms of the settlement were not filed with the court Tuesday and details were not released. Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the release of details was not authorized, said the sides in recent weeks had been discussing a possible settlement in the $200 million range.

“We are pleased to report that the parties have reached a settlement in principle in this over eight-year-old case, subject to court approval,” lawyers for the players said in a statement. “We look forward to filing preliminary approval papers with the court and cannot comment further until then.”

The suit was filed in 2014 by first baseman/outfielder Aaron Senne, a 10th-round pick of the Marlins in 2009 who retired in 2013, and two other retired players who had been lower-round selections: Kansas City infielder Michael Liberto and San Francisco pitcher Oliver Odle. They claimed violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50 to 60 hours.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2022 at 10:45 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 10, 2022 at 11:20 PM (#6076179)
Ummm ... at $7.25/hr, that's approx 27.5 million hours of work ... I think MLB did not like their chances in court. (Or the $200 M figure is wrong.)
   2. winnipegwhip Posted: May 11, 2022 at 02:06 PM (#6076286)
   3. sunday silence (again) Posted: May 12, 2022 at 12:02 AM (#6076404)
why does 27M hours sound off to you? If each team had 100 minor leaguers that's 3000 players.

Presumably this suit goes back ten years so that's 30,000 player/seasons.

Say 50 hours a week times 26 weeks = 1300 hours. Thats like 40M hours right there.

Not sure why your skeptical.

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