The City of Cleveland recently agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging thousands of city employees were not properly paid for their shifts. The settlement will see the city pay $2.2 million to employees, who alleged the city illegally rounded their shift starting and stopping times, in violation of the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the lawsuit, the city rounded the start and end of shifts against employees, so they would not be paid for time worked if they started early or ended late. The policy was reportedly in place since 1991, but according to the Plain Dealer (6/29/14), the city received a warning about the practice from the US Department of Labor in 1994.
While the Cleveland lawsuit is winding down, a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball is gearing up. Although many major league players are generally thought of as having at least reasonable salaries - if not outrageously high - minor leaguers say their wages are so low they violate federal law, forcing some players to live in poverty.
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The lawsuit alleges the players work more than 50 hours a week, receive no overtime pay, and during the championship season, when the hours are longer, receive less than minimum wage. Furthermore, according to the lawsuit, during some periods such as spring training, the players earn no pay.
The class-action lawsuit seeks damages for minor leaguers.