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24 Hour Fitness battling several employment related lawsuits

Americans are often fanatical about getting healthy and working out. As a result, there are a plethora of options for obtaining a gym membership and staying fit. Unfortunately, the fancy gym equipment often conceals the misery of the employees who are often required to work under less than optimal conditions. One of the most popular gyms in California, 24 Hour Fitness, is also the most frequent defendant in employment related disputes.

Currently, the company, which is headquartered in California, could be the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case over the issue of its requirement that employees are forced to agree to arbitration and surrender their rights to settle employment disputes in court. The National Labor Relations Board filed the suit against the company over its controversial policy that prevents employees from joining a class action suit against the company whenever its policies seem to violate labor laws. The company recently agreed to settle with employees who claimed that it violated the wage and hour laws by requiring workers to put in 12-hour shifts with scant time for lunch breaks.

Employees had initially joined in a class-action suit against the company for refusing to pay overtime for the long hours. However, a judge de-certified the case on the basis that the complaints were not similar enough to qualify as a class action suit. In spite of the judge's order, the attorney involved continued to pursue the individual cases until the company agreed to settle them collectively for an estimated $17.5 million in 2015.

24 Hour Fitness has been involved in more than 620 employment related lawsuits since 2000. Employment arbitration agreements are becoming more commonplace as employers seek to prevent having to defend against lawsuits in a courtroom. In the meantime, California workers who believe they have been a victim of violations of the wage and hour laws, or any other serious labor-related matters, may seek the guidance of an experienced employment law attorney in an effort to resolve the situation.

Source:, "Why 24 Hour Fitness Is Going To The Mat Against Its Own Employees", Jessica Goodheart, March 13, 2018

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