24 Hour Fitness faces discrimination suit
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Looks like your favorite commercial gym might have some explaining — and defending — to do. Several minority and female employees filed a class-action suit against the 24 Hour Fitness chain Tuesday alleging that they have hit glass ceilings due to their race or gender.
The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County, alleges that minority and female workers with exemplary performance and some low-level promotions found their career progressions ended when they sought management-level promotions.
“Qualified, experienced minorities and women work lower level jobs, but don’t get a chance at management jobs,”said Bill Lann Lee, attorney from co-counsel law firm Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson. “Breaking the promise of equal opportunity is against the law.”
MALDEF — the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund — also is involved in the lawsuit.
24 Hour Fitness already is facing legal challenges by employees accusing the firm of not paying them for overtime.