San Francisco Giants Pay Up
Lest we forget just what tightwads major league teams can sometimes be, the Giants paid out nearly $545,000 in unpaid back wages and penalties to 74 clubhouse and administrative employees, who when all of their hours actually worked were calculated had been paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, to settle claims filed by the federal Department of Labor (“DOL”). Here’s an article from espn.com about it.
This payout may not be the Giants’ last — those employees working in California, which one would have to assume is most of them since the major league team and two of its minor league teams play there, likely will get a further payout since the minimum wage in California is currently $8.00 an hour, a little more than the federal minimum, if similar claims have been filed with the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Needless to say, the owners pay multi-million dollar annual salaries to star players only because they have to. The players have an extremely strong union which has gradually negotiated over the last 47 or 48 years all of the rights and benefits players enjoy today. Obviously, the clubhouse and administrative employees who apparently filed claims with the U.S. DOL are not unionized, and the team for at least the last three years has paid them less than federal or state law requires.