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Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price made headlines four months ago when he announced that his Seattle-based credit card payment processing startup was raising employees’ minimum annual salary to $70,000. Columnist Gael O’Brien says the ensuing maelstrom offers insights into resistance, the need for new work paradigms and how leaders give voice to convictions.
A third Major League Baseball team—the Oakland Athletics—has agreed to pay back wages and damages to a group of current and former employees to settle government claims that they had been illegally underpaid.
An investigation of pay practices in Major League Baseball has been expanded to include two more teams—the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s—bringing to four the number of clubs that have come under scrutiny for possible violations of U.S. wage standards. The Labor Department’s focus is pay for clubhouse and administrative workers and interns, who in some cases have gotten less than the minimum wage or were not paid overtime, as the law requires.
For workers stuck on the bottom rung, living on poverty wages is hard enough. But many also are victims of wage theft, a catch-all term for payroll abuses that cheat workers of income they are supposedly guaranteed by law. Over the last few years employers ranging from baseball’s San Francisco Giants to Subway franchises to Farmers Insurance have been cited for wage violations.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston says an analysis of recent U.S. government wage data shows that since 1980, the bottom 90 percent of Americans have seen their incomes go nowhere, while on the highest steps of the income ladder, the further up you are, the greater your gains. “This orgy of money exhibitionism,” he writes, “has created a society in which commas — it takes three to be a billionaire — count more than character.”