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Former Employees Suing Redskins

For a few hours on Friday, I stopped writing about sports in any way and instead wrote about this ongoing dispute between six former Redskins ticket agents and the franchise about overtime pay. The matter is before a private arbitrator, and it hinges largely on whether or not Redskins ticket agents are in the amusement and recreation business and thus exempt from overtime laws. The former sales agents say they've been denied tens of thousands of dollars in back overtime pay, and the Redskins say their employees are exempt from overtime rules and are owed nothing.

Kind of different than writing about Tony Plush, all in all.

The sides are submitting written arguments by a December deadline, and a hearing is scheduled for April. The case has been certified as a collective-action suit, which means additional current and former agents could join in. And both sides sound extremely confident that they'll prevail.

"So far we've won at every stage," the plaintiffs' lawyer told me. "I am confident that we'll win the lawsuit."

"So far he hasn't won anything," the Redskins' lawyer said, "and I don't expect him to."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2009; 1:46 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

This would be a good case to discuss in my Employment Law class.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | August 17, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Come on Steinz, it's not like Snyder has the money to pay these folks what they deserve. Oh wait a second, he does...

Posted by: eric22 | August 17, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm really curious to know how things really are in Dan Snyder's world. I've heard the turnover in season tickets has been phenomenal this past winter/spring/summer, with the economy down and general apathy up. The value proposition for game attendance is eroding with this franchise.

Posted by: greenfuture | August 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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