Bethany Katz of Rosemont, Pennsylvania is suing the Democratic National Committee (DNC), properly known as the Democratic Services Corporation and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Katz’s suit alleges both entities violated the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum wage act.
Not only did the DNC fail to pay Katz and others $15 an hour, but they failed to even pay the current minimum wage, let alone a proposed higher one.
Pennsylvania Democratic candidates. as well as Democrats nationwide, have fully embraced the AFL-CIO’s ‘Fight for $15’ narrative.
Yet both failed to ensure that their own supporters and employees live within the standards they want the nation to follow.
Key Dems Endorsed by ‘Fight for $15’ Unions
Senator Bob Casey (PA-D), endorsed by the AFL-CIO with a nifty video advertisement, has not weighed in on the cause.
Casey is up for re-election in 2018, so we will wait to see if he pays his campaign workers $15 an hour plus overtime.
Two-term Congressman Dwight Evans (PA2-D) also rode the Union wave in the ‘Fight for $15′ narrative for 2016.
With Evans’ district centered in the heart of Philly, the election was certain to go to a Democrat. The AFL-CIO also endorsed him.
DNC: Do as I say, not as I do
Republicans have often accused Democrats of being the party that is, “do as I say, not as I do.” Yet here are members of their own party are taking them to court over that very same sentiment.
In fact, Katz is seeking class-action status on behalf of all DNC Campaign organizers for the last three years.
Katz said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer in November 2016 that she wanted to wait for the elections to be over before she filed her lawsuit and did not want it getting in the way of the elections.
Katz believes in “standing up for the principles the party sets forth.”
For anyone ever having worked on a campaign, it is no secret that it routinely involves 80-90 work weeks. But “by failing to pay overtime,” Katz’s lawyer, Justin Swindler of Swartz Swindler LLC, says “it is illegal.”
You can follow the case’s status here: Katz v, Democratic Services Corporation, et. al.
*Correction- An earlier photograph incorrectly identified as Ms. Katz was incorrect. We have replaced that image and corrected the issue. Thanks to those who helped identify this error.