WORKPLACE: Labor board to hear forced arbitration case

By Jack Katzanek, The Press-Enterprise

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint and will hear the case brought by workers at 24 Hour Fitness facilities around the country.

24 Hour Fitness USA has had a policy that mandated that all wage and hour claims and other grievances brought by employees must be settled by an arbitrator. Employees are required to agree to this in writing when they are hired, or they’re not hired.

Seven employees of the fitness center outlet in San Ramon were cited in the complaint with the labor board, claiming that this violates their rights, under the National Labor Relations Act, to take their grievance to court and seek class action status.

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