Lawyers representing former and current employees of the Goodlife gym are seeking $60 million in damages for alleged unpaid labour.
The statement of claim alleges that the company regularly made personal trainers work extra hours to meet sales quotas and their required duties without properly compensating them for their time. Those affected potentially include thousands of trainers who worked at Goodlife Fitness Centres locations in Ontario since October 2014.
“This is an important claim that seeks to protect the rights of precarious workers to be paid for all of their working time,” lawyer Charles Sinclair of Goldblatt Partners LLP said in a media release on Oct. 21.
None of the allegations have been proven in court. The proposed class action would need to be certified by a court before it can proceed.
In a statement to the Toronto Star published Thursday, the company said it disagrees with the allegations. “We are currently in the process of reviewing and assessing the allegations so that we may defend ourselves.”