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No Cash for You, Volunteers

But Here's a Backpack for Ya Trouble

3/31/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It took a NY court ruling to determine what most 5th graders already know -- volunteers don't get paid in cash ... even the ones at the MLB All-Star Weekend ... but they can get some fabulous parting gifts.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... one of the volunteers at last year's All-Star game, John Chen, filed a lawsuit claiming MLB violated labor laws by not paying him minimum wage, at the very least, when he worked long hours at FanFest.

Chen says all he got for his services was a bunch of swag -- shirt, cap, backpack, etc ...

Now a NY court has ruled ... Chen and the other 2,000 volunteers at the festival are NOT considered employees under the minimum wage law ... so they'll have to settle for the free swag instead.

Yes, that's why they're called VOLUNTEERS.

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4 COMMENTS

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1.

ts    

Nobody forced them to work. Stupid to try to sue for money knowing you were volunteering.

214 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

It's not their fault that the volunteers are idiots

214 days ago
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steve    

this is si stupid ,, i was flag bearer at 1982 all star game in Montreal and was lucky enough to be on filed and hols American flag for national anthem .. I'm still honored to have done that today .. even if they had given me 50$ or 100$ back then who cares my memory would be the actual act not making a few bucks ...

214 days ago
4.

StevenB    

Idiot could have resold all that stuff for far more than he ever would have gotten paid.

213 days ago

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