A proposed class action lawsuit alleges a number of violations of California labor law have ultimately caused gym operator Crunch, LLC to owe personal trainers unpaid minimum and overtime wages.
According to the 29-page complaint, Crunch has required personal trainers to work off the clock without compensation. Moreover, Crunch has failed to pay wages for sick time and paid time off (PTO) at the workers’ regular rate of pay, the case claims. Instead, Crunch paid personal trainers sick pay and PTO at the minimum hourly rate, the suit alleges.
Further, Crunch allegedly refused to pay split shift premiums, denied employees proper meal and rest breaks and failed to provide proper wage statements.
The lawsuit additionally alleges that Crunch has maintained a policy of “coercing” personal trainers to clock out after each session and continue working without being compensated. According to the case, Crunch’s managers routinely altered employees’ timecards to reduce the number of hours worked and required that personal trainers work through statutory meal and rest breaks.
The plaintiff, who the suit says worked as a personal trainer until he was laid off on April 1, 2020, claims the gym’s “intentional and deliberate” violations of California labor law caused him to accrue up to 1,000 unpaid work hours per year, including overtime hours. The man alleges that his off-the-clock work ultimately resulted in the company paying him and similarly situated trainers less than the hourly minimum wage. Moreover, the plaintiff claims he and similarly situated trainers were deprived of all earned wages within 72 hours of their termination from the defendant.
The plaintiff looks to represent all current and former employees who worked for Crunch, LLC as personal trainers in California within the past four years and until the lawsuit is resolved.