NFL’s union filed a legal complaint Thursday against NFL’s labor relations department, alleging the league has violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal laws.
The NFLPA, which represents players and coaches, said it’s suing the NFL’s Professional Football Players Association, the league’s collective bargaining representative, because it is alleging “a clear and present danger of serious injury to NFL players’ careers.”
The union said the lawsuit was filed on behalf of players who played at least 50 seasons in the NFL and are now retired.
It’s seeking damages for “serious and irreparable injury.”
The lawsuit said the NFLPA is seeking class action status because it believes that the NFL has failed to properly investigate or adequately defend itself against allegations of wage and hour violations and discrimination.
The union’s complaint also accused the NFL of failing to properly provide players with “adequate and timely notice” of the potential adverse consequences of their actions.
The league has been in negotiations with the union over a new collective bargaining agreement.