MiLB Class Action Gets Additional Class
In the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) salary class action lawsuit, players alleging they are given very low wages successfully asked a federal judge to issue an injunction compelling the organization to comply with wage and hour laws.
Aaron Senne et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball et al.
Cody Sedlock, a minor league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, will act as the lead plaintiff for both the already-certified class of players seeking damages and the additional class of players benefiting from the injunction. Sedlock, an Illinois native, was picked by the Orioles in the 2016 MLB draft and shall represent players who took part in spring training in Arizona and Florida.
United States Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero capped the classes that Sedlock, the 2016 Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year, can represent.
Judge Spero indicated in his order that to the extent that Sedlock is not entitled to overtime under Florida law. However, class members who work under California law are, the court concludes that including class members with claims based on activities performed in California defies typicality.
While Sedlock does not meet the requirement for claims based on services performed in California, he does meet the requirement for a narrowed class. It consists of individuals who perform services in Florida and Arizona.
Additionally, Judge Spero determined that Sedlock is ineligible to represent minor leaguers on teams he has not played.
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Sedlock wishes to represent class members that played for other teams, which did not injure him according to the order. However, the judge determined that he could not lead the class on claims against the 22 clubs designated as defendants, which do not include the Orioles, because the alleged injuries to Sedlock are not fairly traceable to their actions.
The ruling follows a 2019 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directive to reconsider a previous dismissal of classes from the MiLB salary class action lawsuit due to minor variations in state labor laws.
Aaron Senne, a former Miami Marlin, and 44 other MiLB players filed the class action lawsuit in 2014, alleging that about 6,000 players who are not unionized earn less than $1,100 per month throughout their five-month regular season. The players are allegedly not compensated throughout spring and fall training, according to the lawsuit.
Minor League Baseball’s salary class action lawsuitwants to represent multiple subclasses of players on wage and hour claims under the labor laws of several different states and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Editor’s Note on MiLB Salary Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit against the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball concerning low wages on the players. There are many other cases where the employees are unfairly treated, such as the Rite Aid Staff Uniform Class Action.
Case Name & No.: Aaron Senne et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball et al., Case No. 3:14-cv-00608
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
Products/Services: Fair Labor Standards Act
Allegations: Minor League Baseball allegedly only offer players “starvation wages” or very low salary
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