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Madia Newville Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Twin Cities Massage Envy Franchises

On July 27, 2021, Madia Newville LLC filed a class action lawsuit against nine Massage Envy stores operating under theumbrella of the James George Massage Envy company. The lawsuit asserts claims for unpaid wages on behalf of named-plaintiff Selena Nash and other massage therapists and estheticians who were required to work off-the-clock at the beginning and end of their shifts.

The James George Massage Envy enterprise includes Massage Envy stores in Downtown Minneapolis, Savage, Highland Village (St. Paul), Rogers, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Ridgehaven (Minnetonka), 7-Hi (Minnetonka), and Rochester. They are owned and operated by James George, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that James George Massage Envy has an unlawful policy of requiring employees to work without pay when setting up and cleaning up their workspaces each day. It seeks to recover the unpaid wages that were earned by Nash and other James George Massage Envy employees over the past six years, plus double damages and other penalties.

The case was filed in Hennepin County District Court and asserts claims under the Minnesota Payment of Wages Act and for breach of contract. The Minnesota Payment of Wages Act provides a substantive right of employees to receive the wages they earn for every hour they work, including for set-up and clean-up time. Under the Act, an employer who fails to pay an employee for all the hours she works is liable for the unpaid wages, an equal amount in liquidated damages, and additional civil penalties. Employees whose rights under the Act are violated can bring lawsuits in civil court to recover those damages.

Nash and the proposed class are represented by attorneys Joshua Newville and Sam Kramer of the law firm Madia Newville LLC, which focuses on employment law and civil rights matters. Kramer said of the case, “these workers are being forced to take time each day to work for their employer without pay. That is time they could be spending with their families and friends, or pursuing other interests. It’s not fair and we’re determined to see that they are paid for the time that has been stolen from them.”

The case is entitled Nash v. James George, JG Winslow Holdings, Inc., et al. (No. 27-CV-21-9136). If you have worked for any of the James George Massage Envy locations as a massage therapist or esthetician during the past six years, and have questions about this case and how it affects your rights, you can contact Madia Newville at 612.349.2729 or info@madialaw.com