Jason Barsanti, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses CorePower Yoga's unpaid wage settlement in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report. CorePower Yoga agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle claims it didn’t meet its minimum wage obligation when it paid students who cleaned studios with free or discounted memberships, according to a proposed settlement filed Dec. 28 in a federal court in California. It’s “unusual” for a company to provide compensation in the form of a markdown on its services, said Jason. “As far as I know, there’s no provision that allows you to make up your minimum wage obligation by in-kind payment. If they’re an employee, then they have to be paid minimum wage in money,” Jason told Bloomberg BNA when the lawsuit was filed in October in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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