A Michigan woman is suing Planet Fitness over the gym’s transgender-friendly locker room policy, which she claims caused her feelings of oppression, disgrace and mental anxiety.
Yvette Cormier is suing a Planet Fitness in Midland County Circuit Court for more than $25,000, MLive.com reports.
Planet Fitness had canceled her gym membership on March 4, following complaints she expressed to fellow gym members about a transgender woman using the woman’s locker room.
Cormier referred to the individual as a man, but she said an employee told her the person in question was identified as a woman.
Carlotta Sklodowska later came forward and identify herself as the transgender woman in question.
Cormier believes there has been a breach of contract, among other things. She is represented by the Kallman Legal Group of Lansing, Michigan and the firm believes the case “illustrates the potential harm caused by adding the proposed new categories of sexual orientation/gender identity to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.”
“Ms. Cormier was wrongfully denied the benefits of her contract with Planet Fitness and wrongfully denied the use of the public accommodations at Defendant’s gym because she objected to Defendant’s unknown policy,” Kallman Legal Group stated in a press release.
The law firm added that Cormier is trying to “protect Michigan women and children and to hold Planet Fitness accountable for its irresponsible policy and actions.”
The summons and complaint Cormier filed is 15 pages long. It documents all the events leading up to the termination of her gym membership.
In it, she listed the damages suffered as “loss of use of gym facilities,” “embarrassment and humiliation,” “fear about using the gym facilities,” “severe emotional distress” and “damage to reputation.”
Other damages listed under the count of exemplary damages include:
"Aggravation, annoyance, discomfort, disgrace, feelings of oppression, humiliation, inconvenience, indignation, insult, mental anxiety, mental suffering, mortification, outrage, scorn, shame, sorrow, vexation, and worry."
The lawsuit also claims Cormier’s rights were violated on seven counts. These counts include breach of contract, invasion of privacy, the exemplary damages claim, intentional infliction of emotional distress and three counts of sexual harassment under the Elliot-Larsen Act.
The complaint was filed on March 23 and has been assigned to Judge Michael J. Beale, according to Midland County Circuit Court.
Planet Fitness Public Relations Director McCall Gosselin said the company would not comment on the matter at this time.
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