Seven petitions filed in one day in San Francisco federal court Monday seek to force 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. to arbitrate claims of failure to pay overtime to personal trainers. The suits are all basically the same, accusing 24 Hour Fitness of requiring its personal trainers to work off-the-clock, miscalculating or failing to pay overtime for recorded hours worked.
The first suit, brought by Bernadette Vecchiarelli, of Firestone, Colorado, alleges that she has worked for the San Ramon, Calif.-based company since 1998 but says she regularly worked more than 40 hours a week but was not paid for all the hours.
The suit seeks a court order compelling the health club to arbitrate the dispute with the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, JAMS.
The suit alleges violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
It was brought by Thomas G. Foley of Foley Bezek Behle & Curtis of Santa Barbara and Richard Donahoo of Donahoo & Assoc. in Tustin.
Six additional lawsuits were filed by other trianiners with 24 Hour Fitness on the same day.
Case: Vecchiarelli v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5834JCS
Vera Jr. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5838
Tan v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5841
Tambicannou v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5843
Verasammy v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5844
Vogt v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5849
Arterberry v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, No. C11-5885