I work out at a very popular studio workout chain, and they’ve recently had a changing of hands. In my city, minimum wage jumped up 30 cents in the new year, yet somehow, we were still getting paid the 2021 minimum.
After i reached out to new management, they tried to say ‘Well, city law states small businesses (due to franchise BS) can pay less than minimum as long as they’re paying X amount in medical benefits.’
Benefits that no part-time employee (which most of us are), are eligible for.
Upon being pushed to explain what benefits I’m getting, they peddle back and say ‘well, with commission you make minimum but going forward we’re going to pay everyone the standard minimum just to make it easy’.
I didn’t make anything in commission this month. I’m calling the labor board. The backpay they owe isn’t even any money, but the fact that they’ve screwed over, oh, 8+ studios with 4-5 staff making under minimum at each? It’s not the money, it’s the principle that it required being pushed several times to admit they were underpaying staff, and they’re lying about it.