The Democratic Party loves to masquerade as the political home of the working man with their rallies in favor of a higher minimum wage, but they’re now being sued for failing to practice what they preach. Just like the various politicians – Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, for instance – who have abysmal records when it comes to hiring female staffers, the Democratic National Committee can’t even pay their employees the same wages they blast private corporations for denying to their workers.
Thanks in part to the efforts of Bernie Sanders, the 2016 official Democratic Party platform called for a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour. But according to a lawsuit being brought against the DNC by dozens of their own field workers, the organization failed to live up to their own standards. According to attorney Justin Swidler, the DNC denied their workers a fair minimum wage and withheld overtime pay as well.
“The lawsuit seeks ‘fair pay for fair work,'” Swidler said, “and holding the Democratic Party to the very ideals that it embraces.”
According to the complaint, the DNC had their workers hitting the pavement for up to 90 hours a week, for which they were only paid a flat rate of $3,000.
“They got paid a flat salary of $3,000 a month, which isn’t even minimum wage for some of the hours that they were working,” Swidler told CBS Philly.
Adding insult to injury, the Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention is being accused of using leftover fundraising money to pay staff members nearly $1 million in bonuses. And of course, even that money was spread unevenly. The Philadelphia CBS affiliate reported that interns got $500 while the executive director took home more than $300,000. Quite the example that sets from the party that’s always squawking about income inequality in the U.S.
Alas, no one can possibly be surprised at the hypocrisy. The Democratic Party wouldn’t even EXIST without hypocrisy. Their donors are among the richest people on the planet, and yet they have the gall to tell struggling small-business owners that they are evil for not using their status as employers to essentially hand out welfare checks to teenage workers. It’s one of the most laughable scams going in America today. Or, at least, it would be laughable if it wasn’t threatening to bring the free market crashing down on the heads of every middle class American citizen.