Employees Hit 24 Hour Fitness with Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit
July 13, 2010
In recent California employment law news, a class action discrimination lawsuit has been filed against 24 Hour Fitness, by the company's workers, who claim to have been victims of employment discrimination based on national origin, color, race and gender.
According to the class action lawsuit, 24 Hour Fitness has discriminated against female and minority workers on a widespread basis, in regard to equal pay, and promotions to management positions--violating California Business and Profession codes, as well as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Raoul Fulcher, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, claims that he consistently not promoted to a higher position because of his race, African-American. Another plaintiff claimed that as a Latino, he was hired to be a membership counselor and reach out to the Spanish-speaking community in his job, yet he could never get the promotion he deserved because of his race.
The class-action lawsuit demands that the fitness chain end the patterns of discriminatory practices against women and minorities that are alleged in the suit, and provide back pay and damages to employees who have been discriminated against.
The plaintiffs' attorney in the lawsuit, Bill Lann Lee, claimed that although the fitness chain promises an environment based on family fitness, 24 Hour Fitness does not treat the employees of the fitness chain with the same family focus, as female and minority workers have been consistently discriminated against by the company.
24 Hour Fitness is reported to have the largest gym membership in the world, with 400 gyms in the Unites States, approximately 200 of which are located in the state of California, employing around 10,000 people.
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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against 24 Hour Fitness for Racial and Gender Discrimination, PR Newswire, July 13, 2010
24 Hour Fitness Slapped with Discrimination Suit, Mercury News, July 13, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)