Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lawsuit seeks backpay for 2,000 unpaid 2013 All-Star FanFest volunteers

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 — who now want a piece of the pie.

The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan, reports the Associated Press. 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.

The 2013 "All-Star FanFest" held events for five days at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

They noted that the league has already invited this year's volunteers to work for free at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

A baseball spokesman did not immediately return a message for comment.

Could the Super Bowl be next?

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