The San Francisco Giants are out nearly $545,000 after the team was ordered to pay back wages and damages to 74 clubhouse and administrative employees.
Federal law enforcement officials found that the club had violated minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws over a three-year period, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Clubhouse employees had been working more hours than were recorded and received a flat pay rate that amounted to less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The team was also accused of not paying its workers overtime.
“I am encouraged that the Giants acted to resolve this issue, but it was disappointing to learn that clubhouse workers providing services to high-paid sports stars weren’t making enough to meet the basic requirements of minimum-wage law,” Susana Blanco, the director of the San Francisco office of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the Giants said that the team had changed its compensation system before the federal inquiry, and that labor officials didn’t account for things like tips and dues.
“The San Francisco Giants worked cooperatively with the Department of Labor in conducting a comprehensive review of our payroll records to identify and address any possible issues of concern,” Giants spokesperson Staci Slaughter said in a statement. “The matter was resolved and reported on several months ago.”