Former scout sues Major League Baseball over minimum wage violations, collusion

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Major League Baseball is being sued for underpaying employees in violation of federal labor laws and for colluding in order to keep salaries low and to limit job opportunities.

In the past it was major league players, but they’re now well-paid and normally not colluded against. In the past couple of years we’ve seen multiple lawsuits filed by minor leaguers and stadium employees over their being forced to work for low wages and no overtime.

Now, via Nathan Grow at FanGraphs, is word that a former scout has sued for making less than minimum wage, not getting overtime despite working far more than 40 hours a week and for clubs colluding with one another and agreeing to not compete for scouting talent in violation of the federal antitrust laws. You can read the entire complaint here. It’s a class action filed by Jordan Wykoff. One of his attorneys is¬†Garrett Broshuis, the same guy representing the minor leaguers in their labor law case.

Grow has a good and thorough analysis of the complaint, including some talk about how baseball’s antitrust exemption is narrow, and is even more narrowly construed by New York courts, where this case is filed, than California courts where the minor league case and some other high-profile cases involving the antitrust exemption have been filed and, ultimately, lost.