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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against 24 Hour Fitness Alleges Racial, Gender Discrimination

LOS ANGELES - The Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C. on July 13 filed a class action lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of employees of 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc. alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and gender (Fulcher v. 24 Hour Fitness, No. RG10524911, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).

The plaintiffs claim that the chain of fitness gyms has systematically subjected minority and female employees to discrimination regarding promotions to management positions and equal compensation in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Business and Profession Code.

24 Hour Fitness, a privately held fitness club, has the largest gym membership in the world. Of the 400 fitness centers the company has established in the United States, approximately 200 fitness clubs are in California, where they employ approximately 10,000 people.

This class action lawsuit challenges 24 Hour Fitness's alleged improper patterns and practices of discrimination against its minority and female employees seeking promotion to managerial jobs and equal compensation in California. The suit asks the court to order 24 Hour Fitness to end its discriminatory employment practices and to provide back pay and damages to the employees who have been treated unfairly.

Representing the plaintiffs are MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz and MALDEF National Senior Counsel Victor Viramontes and Bill Lann Lee, Todd Jackson, Kirsten Scott and Julia Campins of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C.

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. For more information on MALDEF, visit:

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