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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oakland A's Will Pay Back Wages to Interns and Clubhouse Workers

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The Oakland Athletics will shell out a quarter-million dollars to settle claims that they illegally underpaid their clubhouse workers and interns. Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, 86 current or former A’s workers will receive a total of $266,358, a department spokesperson confirmed on Friday.
“We were pleased that we were able to assist in getting workers what they deserve, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” David Weil, the administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, said in an e-mailed statement. “WHD continues discussions with [Major League Baseball] and looks for future opportunities to provide meaningful compliance assistance.” In an e-mailed statement, the A’s said that they had conducted their own internal audit in 2013 and they were “pleased that the matter could be resolved quickly and informally with the DOL to both parties’ satisfaction.”
The A’s follow at least two other Major League Baseball teams that have settled with the DOL over alleged wage theft since 2013. The Miami Marlins paid $288,290; the San Francisco Giants paid $765,508. The Baltimore Orioles are also currently under investigation, the Labor Department confirmed on Friday.
Those investigations haven’t gone unnoticed by MLB. In a 2013 e-mail (PDF)...
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