The fellow behind the mask of Champ — the S/WB Yankees minor league franchise’s mascot — is suing the parent club, alleging the well-moneyed team cheated him out of overtime pay by improperly classifying him as a managerial, and therefore salaried, employee. He cites the position’s measly $22,000-a-year salary (or roughly what A-Rod earns in a little over an hour) and a work week that sometimes stretched to 80 hours. He was fired last year, one year after being hired.
Underpaid, overworked and let go. It’s a familiar refrain these days.