If you have ever been stuck in an American Family Fitness fit mall, you know how frustrating it can be.
There’s not enough room, there are no seats, and the staff can’t even provide you with a towel.
That’s because American Family Fitness, which operates in some of the nation’s most crowded malls, has been ordered to shut down by a federal judge who ruled that the company must pay more than $1 million in back wages to nearly 2,000 employees who were terminated because of their physical fitness.
A jury in February found American Family Fit liable for $5.8 million in unpaid wages and costs.
The judge in January found the company guilty of unlawfully retaliating against employees who challenged its fitness practices.
The jury also awarded $1.3 million in compensatory damages to the workers, who were among more than 4,000 workers who sued American Family for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The company agreed to a settlement with the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was the first of its kind in the country.
“We have an obligation to our employees,” said American Family CEO and CEO David Guggenheim in a statement after the verdict.
In the suit, the plaintiffs alleged that American Force Fitness Inc., the company that runs American Family, violated several federal and state laws including the Fair Work laws, the National Labor Relations Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. “
The safety and well-being of our team members is a top priority at American Family and we will continue to do our best to make sure that our employees are well-rested, comfortable, and protected in their jobs.”
In the suit, the plaintiffs alleged that American Force Fitness Inc., the company that runs American Family, violated several federal and state laws including the Fair Work laws, the National Labor Relations Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
“They have taken advantage of their position as the nations largest fitness center by exploiting its workers,” said Lisa Zimbalist, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“American Force Fitness, which is owned by the American Family chain of fitness stores, has long operated in the nation of mass media and mass entertainment where its products and services are available for everyone to purchase.”
A spokeswoman for American Family told The American Daily News that American Forces Fitness was “in compliance” with the settlement.
“In fact, we have been in compliance with the Fair and Unfair Labor Standards Acts for many years and have never had any complaints about the treatment of our staff or the lack of availability of towels for employees,” the company said in a letter.
“Unfortunately, however, in the past, the courts have deemed this behavior to be unlawful.
American Forces is committed to the welfare of our members, and will continue its commitment to making our facilities and facilities facilities safe for our employees.”
American Family is owned and operated by the same family of companies that runs Target, Walmart, Walmart Supercenter, Home Depot, and other chains.
Zimbals family owns the company, which has more than 8,000 stores in 35 states.
American Family’s headquarters are in suburban Minneapolis.
American Force is based in Virginia and is owned partly by the U.S. military.
The United States Army and Navy have been criticized for their treatment of female soldiers in recent years.