A Democratic campaign organizer filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, saying that she and others were forced to work 80 to 90 hours a week and were not paid overtime by the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, and through it, the Democratic National Committee.
No one gets overtime on political campaigns, said Neil Oxman, founder of the Philadelphia-based Campaign Group, who has worked on "hundreds and hundreds of races" on the national, state, and local levels.
"I've hired hundreds and hundreds of people. I've watched thousands of people work on campaigns. People know these jobs are 80- to 100-hours-a-week jobs. No one asks for overtime. If they did, people would think they were joking.
Maybe they're joking, but it's, you know, the law now. I ain't no smart talking legal guy, but my understanding is this is pretty much a clear cut violation of the new overtime rules. "But we're different!!!" doesn't cut it.
...update: I'm partially wrong, the new overtime rules aren't actually in effect until Dec. 1, but actual enforcement of the old ones should cover this anyway.