There was a lawsuit in which several Penn track and field athletes sued claiming they should be treated as employees who were deserving of minimum wage. The US court system disagreed.
You can read the decision here:
The interesting thing is people are now saying this case is going to set back football players hoping to get paid.
Two quick comments.
1) How had we (all of the full-time employees at LetsRun.com are Ivy league graduates) never heard of this case? How had no one on LetsRun.com heard about it and talked about in a forum post?
2) How in the world did the athletes think they'd win? In the Ivy League, no one is on scholarship. Every student-athlete volunteers to be part of the team. And each year there are plenty of athletes who get into to an Ivy based in part on their athletic accomplishments and then immediately quit the team. It used to drive Rojo nuts when he was a coach.
How could they possibly claim that a volunteer activity was worthy of minimum wage?