Contractors Still Owed Thousands for Marlins Park
As if the Miami Marlins organization doesn’t already look bad enough, after summer in which they dumped over $100 million in team salary only a year after opening the $634 million Marlins Park, multiple reports are beginning to surface out of the Miami-Dade area of contractors still being owed as much as $67,000 for work on the stadium that opened before the 2012 season.
After a decade under the ownership of Jeffrey Laurie, and years of bitter feuding with local governments over a new stadium, an agreement was made that almost 20% of the stadium’s cost would be funded by the club, while Dade County would provide the bulk of nearly 60%. The government of the City of Miami would pitch in the rest.
Laurie barely waited half the summer before unloading all-star Hanley Ramirez. Then highly controversial manager Ozzie Guillen, before finally shipping $100-million-dollar-man Jose Reyes and staff Ace Josh Johnson to the Blue Jays after the season. Needless to say, fans are displeased with the organization.
In September, over 40 contractors filed a civil lawsuit against local subcontractor for hours that were misrepresented on their paychecks during the Marlins project that took over $500 million in taxpayer money. An investigation by a county inspector discovered that many of these workers were being misclassified: as general laborers instead of by their skilled professions. In many cases this cost the worker as much as $10 an hour.
Many of the complaints accused the company of not paying overtime for the 6 month sprint the workers were forced to endure to have the park ready to open the 2012 season. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, certain labor professions are guaranteed time-and-a-half for overtime. Now, representatives at AGC recognize that they still owe $67,378 to 26 of these employees.