Alleged Failure of Life Time Fitness, Inc. to Pay Federally Mandated Minimum and Overtime Wages to Life Time Fitness Personal Trainers
A collective action complaint for damages (Lenardson, et al v. Life Time Fitness, Inc. (MN), No. 18-00293) was filed on January 19, 2018 in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, for Life Time Fitness’ failure to pay federally mandated minimum and overtime wages to Life Time Fitness Personal Trainers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the overtime pay collective action complaint, the Plaintiffs served as Life Time Fitness Personal Trainers in Johns Creek, Georgia within the past three years. The Personal Trainers were paid commission based on sales or services furnished to Life Time Fitness members. The complaint against Life Time Fitness also alleges that
Life Time [Fitness] intentionally engaged in a uniform practice of not recording hours worked or notifying Personal Trainers of their regular rate of pay to obscure the payment of minimum and overtime wages. Thus, [Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers could not and cannot determine whether they are being paid correctly.
Upon information and belief, Life Time [Fitness] held its department heads “personally liable” if Personal Trainers did not make sufficient commissions to meet the draw. Life Time [Fitness] instructed its department heads to have Personal Trainers clocked in only during their assigned shift, regardless of the amount of time actually worked. Managers instructed and threatened [Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers not to incur draw because the draw would be deducted from the managers’ wages. Thus, even though [Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers were in the fitness centers under the control of Life Time performing work, they sometimes did not clock in for all hours worked.
[Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers were required to work more than 40 hours in a workweek performing, among other things, training clients, attending mandatory meetings, completing tutorials, quizzes, videos and certifications, training courses, and cleaning the equipment in the fitness centers. [Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers, however, were not paid overtime they earned on some occasions. Because Life Time [Fitness] did not want to pay the minimum-wage draw, let alone overtime, [Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers were forced to perform these duties “off the clock.”
[Life Time Fitness] Personal Trainers were not paid overtime for some work in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.
Have You Served as a Life Time Fitness Personal Trainer?
If you served as a Life Time Fitness Personal Trainer and believe you have claims for unpaid overtime, please contact Michael Yarnoff, Esq., (215) 792-6676, Ext. 804, [email protected], complete the form above on the right or e-mail [email protected].