Fitness and diet company Beachbody, now known as BODi, is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that it exploited its workers, leaving more than a quarter of them unpaid.
The suit claims that the company has been able to build its business by relying on unpaid workers for years. According to the lawsuit, many of these workers earned very little money despite putting in significant effort.
Jessica Lyons, a schoolteacher from Lake Arrowhead, California, who joined Beachbody in 2016, is spearheading the legal action. Lyons stated that she spent $20,000 on travel and Beachbody products but only earned around $50 a month in commission.
The lawsuit targets the $3 billion publicly traded health and fitness empire, seeking to recover unpaid wages, overtime compensation, penalties, interest, injunctive relief, damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
In response, a spokesperson for Beachbody claimed that the company’s coaches are independent contractors, protected under federal and state laws. They further argued that California’s contractor law includes an exemption for network marketing distributors, allowing them to work independently and control their own schedules.
The Beachbody class action lawsuit contends that the company misclassified its California salesforce as independent contractors instead of employees, thereby exploiting them. California labor laws stipulate that time worked must be compensated.
Beachbody’s alleged failure to pay its workers for their time and effort has led to profits for the company at the expense of its employees. The lawsuit seeks to rectify this situation and hold the company accountable.
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