NCAA Division 1 Investigation

Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of college athletes who currently play any NCAA Division I sport or have done so within the past three years to potentially recover unpaid wages for the time they spent playing their sport.

Girard Sharp is investigating whether student-athletes — including those on athletic scholarships — are legally considered “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state laws. If so, these student-athletes are potentially entitled to back pay and minimum wages.

If you are a current or recent DI athlete at the schools listed below, fill out our contact form to speak to a Girard Sharp attorney about your rights.

  1. Bucknell University,
  2. Duquesne University,
  3. Fairleigh Dickinson University,
  4. La Salle University,
  5. Lehigh University,
  6. Monmouth University,
  7. Princeton University,
  8. Rider University,
  9. Robert Morris University,
  10. Seton Hall University,
  11. Saint Francis University,
  12. Saint Joseph’s University,
  13. Saint Peter’s University,
  14. the University of Delaware,
  15. Pennsylvania State University,
  16. the University of Pittsburgh,
  17. Rutgers State University of New Jersey, and
  18. Temple University


More About the NCAA Division 1 Investigation

In 2021, the Supreme Court decided a case called NCAA v. Alston, which rejected the NCAA’s reliance on its “revered tradition of amateurism in college sports” as a way for it to avoid complying with the antitrust laws.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2021, a handful of student-athletes brought suit to extend the Alston court’s order to the wage/employment arena.

The athletes argue they should be compensated for their time spent in practice and competition and assert they are no different than other student workers.

Girard Sharp is interested in speaking with current and recent D1 athletes at the above-listed schools to potentially pursue cases seeking wages, back pay, and other unpaid compensation by being an “employee” as a matter of law during their college career.


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