When San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (2014 salary:$12.5 million) needed a clean towel to wipe off his bathandle in mid-game, a clubhouse assistant making a total of $55 forthe day probably handed him one.

While the Giants’ bookkeeping showed the clubhouse assistant wasbeing paid for 5.5 hours of work, or $10 an hour, in fact, suchworkers routinely worked more than 12 hours a day — but stillreceived only $55.

That practice, and others designed to underpay the non-stars whosupport the stars, are no longer in effect. Thanks to aninvestigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Departmentof Labor, the Giants have agreed to repay 74 workers $544,715 inback wages. The team also agreed to end practices that exploit suchworkers.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.