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The US Department of Labor announced that the parent company of Lifetime Fitness agreed to pay 16,000 workers almost a million dollars to settle systematic violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 26 states.

Lifetime deducted the cost of uniforms from workers’ pay. While this practice is (surprisingly) legal and (not surprisingly) adds insult to working a low-paying job, the resulting pay can’t fall below the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. In this case, it did. Guys, couldn’t you just pony up for a few polo shirts – it’s free advertising.

Along with paying the workers, Lifetime must train its general managers on FLSA requirements.

If you think you’re not being properly paid, check the Wage & Hour Division website, call them at 1-866-487-9243 or visit www.wagehour.dol.gov. And even if you don’t think your rights are being violated, start using HourVoice to track your hours, rate your employer, and learn about your rights.