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We’re not really sure what’s going on with the folks over at Planet Fitness, but they seem to be racking up lawsuits pretty quickly. Yesterday we told you about Tiffany Austin, who said that she was told to cover up by gym personnel because her “toned body” was “intimidating” other members. Now the story of Tarainia McDaniels’ October 2011 is making headlines.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, McDaniels, who is a Muslim woman, is suing the national gym franchise after staffers would not allow her to work out with her head covering, despite being informed that the covering was for religious purposes. McDaniels originally signed a two-year contract at a New Hampshire-based Planet Fitness, where she says that she was never given a hard time about her head covering. However, after transferring her membership to a different location, the 37-year-old business owner says that she was told that she could not work out with her head cover because it did not comply with the gym’s strict dress code, which prohibits “jeans, work boots, bandannas, skull caps” and “revealing apparel.”
McDaniels says that she attempted to reason with Planet Fitness representatives, explaining that she was wearing the head covers for religious purposes, but they refused to bend on their rules. She recently filed a lawsuit against the company over the incident. The company’s legal representative, Erika Anderson, however, insists that gym workers were unaware of the religious significance of McDaniels’ head cover.
“My client’s position is that they didn’t know the head covering was for religious purposes,” Anderson explained. “It violated their dress code policy.”
The explanation, of course, conflicts with McDaniels’ version of the story.
“I already (had) made it known before I signed the contract that I covered my hair. I had on [what] I call a head covering. I guess for the sake of the record, they’re referring to it as a head covering,” argued the married mother of two.
McDaniels’ case is scheduled to begin in August.
Woman Told To Cover Up At Planet Fitness Gym Because Her “Toned Body” Was “Intimidating” Other Members
If you’re looking to work out at Planet Fitness, you better save the midriff-baring tops for home because if your body is right and tight, you might get kicked out for being too “intimidating.”
That’s what happened to former Planet Fitness member, Tiffany Austin. After being in a car accident and dealing with injuries that kept her from the gym for a while, Austin went back to the Planet Fitness gym in Richmond, Calif. recently, ready to work on her fitness again. She wore a pink cropped spaghetti top and matching capri bottoms from Puma and was ready to go. However, she didn’t get to work out for too long before an employee approached her and reportedly said this:
“Excuse me, we’ve had some complaints. You’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
That’s right. She claims that she was told that the gym doesn’t permit folks to wear thin spaghetti tank tops in the facility. Planet Fitness has mottos of “No gymtimidation” and a “judgment free zone,” which means no grunting, no over-the-top behavior that you might see in other facilities, and most importantly, “members can relax, get in shape, and have fun without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in too many gyms.”
However, Austin says that she didn’t think she was dressed inappropriately, showing off her outfit to the KTVU Channel 2 news. “I don’t feel like it’s anything crazy, but I mean you tell me if it’s burning your eyes.” While Austin initially was going to follow the rules and put on a shirt that the gym sells with membership for her workout, she says another employee approached her, bothering her again about her attire, and she had had enough. She cancelled her membership that day, feeling judged and intimidated by the staff, something that obviously goes against the company’s mottos…
When KTVU reached out to the company, a spokesperson, named McCall Gosselin, said that badgering and judging Austin for her gym attire “…is not in line with the Planet Fitness policy whatsoever.”
However, this isn’t the first time the gym has been in the news for its treatment of members. A man was removed from a facility (by police) in New York in 2006 for incessant grunting, which he claims was him just breathing hard.
As someone who used to work in a gym, and had to encounter the weight-slamming folks, grunters, and people who literally worked out in stuff that looked like swimsuits, I can understand the motto of Planet Fitness. But Austin’s outfit was far from “intimidating,” and if someone felt so bothered by it, well, that’s kind of their problem isn’t it?
What do you think of Austin’s treatment?
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Who says black women don’t exercise? A woman at Planet Fitness made working out actually look fun, when instead of walking on the treadmill, she danced. From the clip below, the gym looks pretty empty so I don’t think the woman had any idea two men were recording her–not that that would’ve stopped her anyway. A couple of those drop-it-to-the-floor moves scared me, but this woman manages to spin, turn, and hop on and off the machine with ease. I bet she’s a mean roller skater too.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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