Court sides with customer booted from Planet Fitness

Friday, August 3, 2018
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Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Planet Fitness "you belong" logoA woman who was tossed from a Planet Fitness gym after complaining about a transgender woman – a biological man – in the women's locker room has won her appeal before the Michigan Supreme Court.

The "judgment free zone" policy at every Planet Fitness gym also includes being tolerant of males in the women's locker room, but Yvette Cormier loudly protested when she was informed of that policy after seeing a transgender woman in the locker room.

After losing twice in court fights, including claims of sexual harassment and emotional distress, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Comerier has a legitimate complaint that Planet Fitness violated Michigan's consumer protection law by not disclosing its transgender-friendly policy.

The case was sent back down to the appellate court level after that ruling.

Carlotta (Planet Fitness transgender)In its ruling, the state high court concluded that Cormier would have been subjected to a financial penalty if she cancelled her membership, even though she was not aware of the policy and likely would have never joined if she could not change in a women's-only locker room.

The transgender man Cormier saw has been identified as "Carlotta" Sklodowska (pictured at right), of Midland, who told the news media that he has been told he has a "masculine" body structure and appears to be a man.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow he is representing a female client who endured similar treatment at a Planet Fitness in Leesburg, Florida.

That unnamed woman had her membership revoked in May after she confronted a transgender woman named Jordan Rice, who was reportedly leering at women in the locker room for approximately an hour.

Fox News reported that Rice called 911 to complain about being "sexually harassed" by the woman and followed her into the parking lot to describe her to police.  

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