The professional baseball season typically runs from early April until late October. When the season is over, it is likely that the average fan does not consider what happens to the support staff of a team. Recently, a security guard, who is employed by the San Francisco Giants, filed a suit against the team over an employment dispute. The California Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on this particular case.
According to the man's complaint, when the season ends each year, he and the other support staff are effectively unemployed until the following season. His suit is based on the California employment laws that require an employer to issue the final pay at the time a worker is discharged. The Giants have typically waited until the end of the following pay period before issuing checks. The suit alleges that this two-week delay is in violation of the laws.
According to the laws that govern union workers, the payment issue is part of a contract, and therefore is subject to arbitration rather than through the courts. One appeals court stated that the matter is a contract matter. However, the Labor Board has sided with the security guard, and the state's top court has ruled that it will consider the matter.
The security guard has purportedly expressed a desire to re-file his case as a class action in order to cover all of the other workers. A spokesperson for the team has denied that employees are discharged at the end of a season and states that they remain on the payroll year-round in order to work special events. The court stated it will take the matter up at a later time. Whenever a worker believes that he or she is being denied wages or has other serious concerns over an employment dispute, he or she is entitled to seek a just remedy. An experienced employment law professional can provide support and assistance in order to find the optimal solutions.
Source: sfgate.com, "Giants in pay dispute with ballpark employees", Bob Egelko, Jan. 11, 2018