A St. Louis law firm is representing minor league baseball players in what boils down to a wage and hour lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB). The Jacksonville Sun reports that “the suit contends that it is illegal for minor leaguers to be paid less than the minimum wage and not receive overtime. It (also) seeks back pay and damages.” The Sun reports that the case has turned into a class action suit with over 2,300 plaintiffs, and that MLB has petitioned Congress to have players ruled exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The suit, which will go to court in February 2017, will start two months after the new FLSA rules regarding minimum salary thresholds go into effect on December 1st.
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