MIAMI — Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins have been accused of running a cheapo operation when it comes to the talent on the field.
But with a new lawsuit brought by a former employee of nearly 12 years in a Miami-Dade County circuit court, the team could see its penny-pinching reputation spread to the front office.
Former marketing manager Boris Garcia Menier’s lawsuit filed April 9 claims the team hasn’t been paying for overtime in violation of state and federal standards.
The Marlins haven’t been served the suit just yet, so details are scant.
But according to the complaint, Menier worked more than 40 hours a week throughout his time with the Fish – he held several full-time jobs in the front office from 2006 until February – without being compensated “the proper overtime rate.”
The unjust enrichment suit was filed against Miami Marlins LP and Marlins Teamco LLC, a controversial corporation that owns a piece of the Marlins and claims to be based in the British Virgin Islands, an off-shore fiscal paradise.
Menier wants a jury to find that the Marlins violated a slew of labor laws and force the team to pay him back with interests. Except for the routine mention of “excess of $15,000,” there’s no indication of what Menier believes would be a fair amount.
Calls and emails to Menier and his lawyers as well as team spokesman Jason Latimer were not returned.
His LinkedIn profile shows Menier started out as an intern in 2006 then became marketing coordinator, supervisor and manager until he left, according to the lawsuit. There’s no detail in the lawsuit about his departure two months ago.
Since a group led by New York Yankees legend Jeter bought the team for $1.2 billion in the fall, it’s been under constant criticism for getting rid of its best, and most expensive, players and replacing them with prospects who’d be just as well suited for affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Had they kept last year’s roster, the Marlins would’ve had a $140 million payroll.
Now, the payroll is $90 million.
And with five wins in 22 games as of April 24, the Marlins are officially the second worst team in baseball.