Dozens of field workers filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, claiming the party pushing employers to pay a $15 minimum wage and more in overtime failed to pay overtime and minimum wages to its own employees.
Justin Swidler, the attorney representing field workers, claimed the Democratic Party failed to pay workers a minimum wage and denied them overtime compensation. Swidler reportedly "says the lawsuit seeks ‘fair pay for fair work,' and holding the Democratic Party to the very ideals that it embraces," according to CBS Philly.
The 2016 Democratic platform pushed for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a nearly $8 increase from the current minimum, and promised to defend an Obama-era regulation forcing employers to pay a higher rate to employers for working more than 40 hours.
Some of the Democrats' workers put in 80-90 hours per week, according to Swidler, and got only $3,000 per month in compensation. "They got paid a flat salary of $3,000 a month, which isn’t even minimum wage for some of the hours that they were working," Swidler said.
Democrats's platform decried the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour as " starvation wage" and declared "no one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty."
The Democratic Party, Swidler noted, claimed it didn't have enough money to pay workers overtime.
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