Concert promoters face FLSA lawsuit

Two companies involved in the production and promotion of concerts and other live events are being taken to court for employee time violations related to minimum wage violations and unpaid overtime, according to Billboard Magazine. The litigation comes amid complaints that volunteers helping out at venues where events took place performed work-related duties for which they were not actually paid.

The original filing occurred in California. In addition to complaints of not being compensated for minimum wage or overtime, plaintiffs also allege the defendants failed to deliver on promises of educating volunteers on how to produce a live event. Other allegations include the promoters failing to allow volunteers to enjoy event performances, as well as asking them pay a non-refundable deposit just to volunteer.

However, only the minimum wage and overtime allegations constitutes as violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA states that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 must be paid to all workers, as well as overtime for any hours above 40, which designates a standard workweek.

The lawsuit is looking to achieve class-action certification which could potentially open the door for similarly treated workers to participate, dating as far back as 2010.

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