Wiggin and Dana Successfully Defends Quinnipiac University Against Student-Athletes' Wage Claims

December 8, 2016

Wiggin and Dana Partner Larry Peikes represented Quinnipiac University in a highly-publicized class action wage and hour lawsuit brought by two former members of the University of Pennsylvania's track and field team against the NCAA and over 120 other NCAA Division I universities.

The suit alleged that student-athletes are employees within the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and hence entitled to be compensated at a rate no less than the minimum wage for hours spent practicing, playing games, and otherwise participating in sports programs.

A federal district court in Indiana dismissed the plaintiffs' complaint and, on December 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed that ruling. The appellate court, upon consideration of the economic realities and with due regard for "the long tradition of amateurism in college sports," agreed with the district court "that student-athletes are not employees and are not entitled to a minimum wage under the FLSA."

To access a copy of the Seventh Circuit's decision, click here.