Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against GT Resort


Employees from the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa have filed a million dollar lawsuit against the company alleging that the company could owe staff as much as one million dollars that was held back from wages between 2000 and 2006 in order to aid marketing. According to the lawsuit the major area employer was holding back one hundred and fifty dollars every two weeks from many staff members’ pay checks in order to fund marketing.

The class action lawsuit was filed late last week in 13th Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated wage and employment laws when it held back the money from many employees.

Traverse City attorney Enrico Schaefer, who represents over 150 current and former employees from the company, stated: “Employees started complaining approximately a year ago which resulted in a disclosure by the resort that the resort has been unilaterally and without permission deducting $150 from each paycheck and had been doing so for at least six years. That $150 was apparently being deducted as a marketing expense by the resort.”

He added: “A Michigan statute makes it unlawful for employers to deduct amounts from an employee’s paycheck without their full, free, and written consent. This particular deduction was never disclosed to employees and they never even knew about it.”


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