Gaming the System: The Exemption of Professional Sports Teams From the Fair Labor Standards Act
U.C. Davis Law Review
This article examines a little known exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act relieving seasonal recreational or amusement employers from their obligation to pay the minimum wage and overtime. After evaluating the existing, confused case law surrounding the exemption, we propose a new, simplified framework for applying the provision. We then apply this framework to a recent wave of FLSA lawsuits brought by cheerleaders, minor league baseball players, and stadium workers against professional sports teams. The article concludes by considering the policy implications of exempting this class of employers from the FLSA's wage and hour requirements.
Charlotte S. Alexander & Nathaniel Grow, Gaming the System: The Exemption of Professional Sports Teams from the Fair Labor Standards Act, 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 123 (2015).
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Gaming the System: The Exemption of Professional Sports Teams From the Fair Labor Standards Act,
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