As we have reported in our blog multiple times, unless you are in a managerial position and are an exempt employee, if you are working more than 40 hours per week, you should be receiving overtime pay.
Remember, if you are not being paid overtime and are an hourly employee, your employer may be violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You should question any company policy that imposes an unpaid work period if you work more than 40 hours in a week, because in most cases, you should be receiving time-and-a-half or overtime wages.
Health Club Settles Wage and Overtime Lawsuit
We bring this subject up because recently we read that Equinox Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay up to $4 million to settle allegations that it failed to pay workers overtime pay, and did not provide proper meal and rest breaks for employees.
According to LawyersandSettlements.com, Equinox owns multiple health club locations around California and was accused by massage therapists, nail technicians and aestheticians of the labor violations. The plaintiffs alleged that the company did not pay them overtime because “either non-commissionable time was not counted in daily hours worked” or because the required minimum wage from non-commissionable hours was not included in their wage calculations. The lawsuit alleged that the employees were wrongfully classified as exempt.
Contacting an Attorney about a Wage Dispute
Remember, most employers are subject to overtime laws. Employees who feel like they have been taken advantage of can file lawsuits against their employers. As this case shows, if you believe that your employer is violating employment laws and is denying you fair compensation, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney.
If you are not paid for all the hours you have worked or your employer is withholding overtime wages, you can sue for damages and back pay. We offer free consultations. Connect with us on Facebook for more information about employment law.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys