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Michigan woman sues Planet Fitness over revoked membership, trans-friendly policy

Michigan woman sues Planet Fitness over revoked membership, trans-friendly policy
Planet Fitness' "judgement free zone" policy includes transgender-friendly facilities.Photo:
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Planet Fitness’ “judgement free zone” policy includes transgender-friendly facilities.

MIDLAND, Mich. — The Michigan woman whose Planet Fitness membership was revoked following repeated complaints about the gym’s policy to allow a transgender woman to use the women’s locker room has filed a lawsuit against the chain.

Yvette Cormier is suing Planet Fitness in Midland County Circuit Court for more than $25,000., alleging invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and emotional distress, reports M Live.

Planet Fitness canceled Cormier’s membership March 4 after she complained to fellow gym members over several days about seeing a transgender woman using the locker room.

While Cormier referred to the individual as a man, she said an employee told her the individual in question identified as a woman. Carlotta Sklodowska later came forward, saying she was the transgender woman in question.

The company issued a statement following the incident indicating that Cormier “exhibited behavior that club management deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was canceled.”

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McCall Gosselin, Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations, said the gym is “committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members.”

“Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity,” said Gosselin.

New Hampshire-based Planet Fitness chain is known for its “judgement free zone” company policy.

Cormier’s complaint lists the alleged damages she suffered as “loss of use of gym facilities,” “fear about using the gym facilities,” “embarrassment and humiliation,” “severe emotional distress” and “damage to reputation.”

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