LABOR | OAKLAND | The Oakland Athletics agreed to pay 86 current and former low-wage employees over $266,000 in wages it stiffed clubhouse workers and interns, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
The Athletics, like the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins before them, agreed to the settlement following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier this year, the Giants settled for over $765,000 in illegally withheld pay.
The issue of wage theft may, in fact, be endemic to professional baseball, according to the magazine. Other Major League Baseball teams are also currently under investigation.
Another issue behind the behavior of some ball club is the notion young, inexperienced employees should be content merely to be associated with the popular professional teams rather than fairly compensated.
A federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by 32 former minor league player against the commissioner of baseball and all 30 teams asserts clubs are suppressing wages below minimum wage standards. Minor league players are paid for roughly six months of work per year, but are not compensated for attending spring training, fall instructional leagues and other activities, according to Baseball America.
One of the lead plaintiffs in the suit is a former San Francisco Giants farmhand named Oliver Odle, who last played for its Class A club in San Jose.
Perhaps the ownership of the Oakland A's, and just like the ownership of most major US professional sports teams, is composed of people who are at least multi millionaires, and in some cases billionaires, and many of them also undoubtedly “liberals” and prominent members of the Democratic Party, but who firmly believe they cannot afford to properly pay their lower ranking employees.
Some years ago I had a job working for a company that sent me into the homes of a large variety of people so as to do home repairs. While customers who had at most modest incomes seldom complained about paying legitimate repair costs, however I also had customers who were at least millionaires, and in some cases at least multi millionaires.
I found that a high percentage of the rich and super rich customers were so cheap, selfish, and crafty, that many of them would almost be willing to take a knife and cut your heart out over every charge, and no matter how justified, in their attempts to weasel down the bill. However, I bet a lot of them belonged to all sorts of “liberal” organizations, and in which they and their friends pretended to be generous and wonderful people strongly dedicated to helping the poor and disenfranchised
I INTEND TO MAKE FUTURE POSTS IN REGARD TO WAGE THEFT. AND INCLUDING WAGE THEFT COMMITTED BY THE SUPER WEALTHY.