24 Hour Fitness Pays $38 Million to Settle Overtime Class Action

(Wage Law, May 22, 2006)

We couldn't comment on this one earlier because of a confidentiality provision in a document, the nature of which we are not permitted to discuss, but it appears that the 24 Hour Fitness class action settlement is now a matter of public record. On January 27, 2006, the United States District Court granted final approval to a $38 million settlement on behalf of almost 50,000 workers employed at 24 Hour Fitness locations in California. The case involved manager overtime pay, off-the-clock work, meal and rest period claims, improper commission deductions, and uniform violations.

The settlement resolved seven class action lawsuits filed against 24 Hour Fitness. The plaintiffs' class was represented by Rene Barge of the law firm Spiro, Moss, Barness, Harrison & Barge LLP, Gregory G. Petersen of Castle, Petersen & Krause LLP; James M. Trush of the Trush Law Office; Greg K. Hafif of the Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, APC; and the Law Offices of Larry A. Sackey. A smaller class action remains pending.