CALGARY – Alberta’s highest court has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against the Western Hockey League can proceed with the players involved.
The suit contends that players have been paid less than the minimum wage — as little as $35 per week for between 40 to 65 hours of work.
It is asking for back wages, overtime and vacation pay.
The Court of Appeal dismissed various appeals calling for changes to the suit.
It says in its decision that the judge who granted certification last June was right to exclude players from the league’s teams in the United States.
It also agreed owners and former owners of teams in British Columbia can be named in the suit.