A new wage and hour lawsuit has been filed against the NCAA asserting violations of the Fair Labor Standard’s Act (FLSA) minimum wage provision. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis by a former soccer player, alleges that student athletes should be considered “temporary employees” of Division I schools, similar to work-study participants. Based on this theory, athletes are entitled to be paid as much – if not more than – other work-study participants.
The FLSA provides that all workers are entitled to be paid minimum wage and those non-exempt workers who work more than 40 hours in any work week are entitled to be paid at a rate of one and one-half times their standard rate of pay for all overtime. If you have any wage and hour questions or believe that you have not been paid all compensation that you deserve, consulting with an experienced Atlanta wage and hour attorneyis important to help you determine your next steps. The failure by an employee to pay employees such wages may violate Federal Labor Law.
Here, work-study participants such as ushers and students who sell programs at the sporting events make an average of $9.03/hours. However, players at the games are not compensated.
The wage and hour lawsuit seeks unpaid wages for at least the last two years.
The NCAA denies the allegations.
For more information or to determine your right to greater compensation, please contact the experienced Georgia workers compensation lawyers at Buckley Beal LLP for an immediate consultation.