A class of Gold’s Gym trainers who claimed they were denied overtime reached a $625,000 settlement with Gold’s Gym in federal court.

Judge David Ezra approved the settlement Friday in the Fair Labor Standards Act case in U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Law360 reported. The settlement agreement includes an attorneys’ fee allotment to the plaintiffs of more than $260,000, according to Law360.

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The case, Casanova et al. v. Gold’s Texas Holdings Group Inc., was filed in December 2013 by a group of trainers who claimed they were misclassified as exempt workers under the FLSA.

In Friday’s order, Ezra denied Gold’s Gym’s request to have him withdraw his partial summary judgment ruling in March. Ezra had ruled the trainers did receive a percentage of clients’ fees, but because the trainers performed one-hour sessions, they should receive an hourly wage.

Gold’s Gym said its motion to withdraw the ruling was appropriate, in part, because it had already changed its policies. On Friday, Ezra said he would not withdraw his ruling because the “public, employees and businesses have a tremendous interest in seeking further interpretation” of the section of the FLSA that deals with commission pay rates, Law360 reported.


Stuart Goldman is Editor of iClubs.