Chanhassan, Minn.-based Life Time Fitness will pay nearly a million dollars in back pay and liquidated damages to resolve charges it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act at fitness centers nationwide.
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company illegally deducted money to buy employee uniforms from employee pay. This reduced wages for many workers below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
In Minnesota, investigators determined $2,757 was due to 87 employees in Fridley, $7,895 to 240 Lakeville employees and $1,247 to 36 workers in Roseville.
The charges resulted in the company owing $488,229 in back wages to 15,546 employees across the country. DOL investigators determined the violations were willful and ordered an equal amount in liquidated damages. The company will also pay $99,825 in civil penalties and providetraining at its facilities nationwide.