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MLB fan balk$ at no-pay job - Suit seeks back pay for MLB volunteers after profitable 'All-Star FanFest' used 2,000 unpaid staffers at 5-day event

Aug 8, 2013 / Media Coverage /
You’d think a $7-billion-a-year industry, built on the backs of fans who shell out hundreds a game for tickets, could afford to pay workers to staff a fan festival at one of its biggest attractions. That’s the argument being made by a Queens man, who filed suit against Major League Baseball yesterday saying he should be paid for the work he did as one of 2,000 volunteers who staffed last month’s All-Star Game FanFest at the Javits Center. The class-action suit, filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court on behalf of John Chen, of Rego Park, seeks lost wages for the 17 hours he worked at the...
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MLB Sued Over Use Of Unpaid Volunteers At FanFest Events

Aug 7, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Major League Baseball has violated state and federal employment laws by staffing its lucrative All-Star FanFest events with unpaid volunteers, according to a class action lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York. The complaint targets MLB's annual FanFest event, described by the league as an “interactive baseball theme park,” which has become a fixture of the All-Star Game weekend. The five-day 2013 All-Star Weekend event in New York City generated approximately $191.5 million for the local economy and was sponsored by at least 15 major U.S. corporations, according to the complaint. The most...
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Volunteers Demand Pay for Major League FanFest

Aug 7, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Major League Baseball staffed its "lucrative, for-profit" 2013 All-Star FanFest with thousands of unpaid volunteers in violation of state and federal law, according to a federal class action. Lead plaintiff John Chen says he and about 2,000 other volunteers worked FanFest, an interactive baseball theme park described as "baseball heaven on earth." They allegedly helped with hospitality, event logistics, community events and transportation for the 40 attractions included with admission, such as a home run derby and an all-star legends and celebrity softball game. The main event was an all-star...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Major League Baseball Violated Labor Laws with Unpaid ‘Volunteers’

Aug 7, 2013 / Press Release /
Major League Baseball illegally employed thousands of unpaid volunteers at for-profit events, including last month’s All-Star FanFest in New York City, in violation of federal and state minimum wage laws, Outten & Golden LLP alleged today in New York federal court. The class action complaint, filed on behalf of John Chen, of Rego Park, N.Y., accuses MLB, which has annual revenues of about $7 billion, of failing to pay workers minimum wages required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). The lawsuit seeks to force MLB to stop soliciting and...
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NYC Lawsuit Seeks Back Pay for MLB Volunteers (SI/AP)

Aug 7, 2013 / Media Coverage /
A lawsuit filed in New York says Major League Baseball staffed a profitable "2013 All-Star FanFest'' last month almost entirely with more than 2,000 unpaid volunteers. The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan. It seeks unpaid wages and an order to stop the league from soliciting and accepting work from unpaid volunteers. The lawsuit says recruiting volunteers violates federal and state minimum wage laws. Lawyers brought the lawsuit on behalf of a Queens man who volunteered for five days at the event. They said they will seek class-action status. * * *
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Suit Seeks Back Pay for MLB Volunteers After Profitable 'All-Star FanFest' Used 2,000 Unpaid Staffers at 5-day Event

Aug 7, 2013 / Media Coverage /
A lawsuit filed in New York says Major League Baseball staffed a profitable "2013 All-Star FanFest" last month almost entirely with more than 2,000 unpaid volunteers. The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan. It seeks unpaid wages and an order to stop the league from soliciting and accepting work from unpaid volunteers. The lawsuit says recruiting volunteers violates federal and state minimum wage laws. Lawyers brought the lawsuit on behalf of a Queens man who volunteered for five days at the event. They said they will seek class-action status. * * *
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