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Friday, July 23, 2010

24 Hour Fitness Hit With Discrimination Suit -- Again

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

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Three black men, a Latino, an Asian, and a woman walk into work at 24 Hour Fitness, but this isn't any joke. The employees of the San Ramon-based mega gym chain have filed a class-action lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court, alleging they were passed over for promotions to managerial positions.

If eligible, you, too, can join the suit,

which alleges that the gym hires many minorities and women into

entry-level positions, yet doesn't promote them into the managerial

ranks. Filed last week, the complaint asks for punitive damages, for terminated employees to be reinstated and given back pay, and for a court injunction against such discrimination in the future. 

Locker-room behavior can turn litigious...
  • Locker-room behavior can turn litigious...
This is bringing back memories of the suit

that former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and former District Attorney Louise

Renne announced against 24 Hour Fitness back in January. Former employees Reginald Allison and Paul Drobot claimed

the gym had retaliated against them when they complained about

racist, homophobic, and sexist remarks made at the workplace. That suit was filed in March in San Francisco.

Represented by Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Foundation

(MALDEF), the employees named in the most recent suit are Raoul

Fulcher, Jr, an African American man; Kenneth King, Jr., an African

American man; Richard Lopez, a Latino man; Leslie Thornhill, an African

American male; Thomas Weeks, an Asian American man; and Rebecca Mason, a

woman.


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