Well, Planet Fitness just got whacked in the court room for it’s liberalism in the locker room (excuse me?).
Here’s the deal.
A Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan, pulled the membership of Yvette Cormier in March of 2015, after she allegedly complained to club staff and fellow members after encountering a transgender woman in the club’s women’s locker room. She sued them for invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, emotional distress and breach of contract. (Read: she saw a penis and then ended up getting screwed with it by the club.)
The Michigan Court of Appeals found the club violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA).
Now at first, Midland County Circuit Court tossed the case in January 2016, causing her to appeal it.
Last June, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the circuit court’s ruling, saying she wasn’t endangered by the transgender woman’s usage of the locker room. After all, Planet Fitness has a no-judgement policy that allows members and guests to use locker rooms that match their identity.
Author note: it’s worth pointing out that if you grunt, make loud noises while lifting or someone identifies you as a “lunk” you get kicked out. Judgement-free doesn’t apply to strong people, apparently – just to overweight people or those with mixed parts.
Flash forward to this past April. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the appeals court had screwed up in declining to consider the appeal claiming that her rights, per the MCPA, had been violated.
On April 6, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that the appeals court erred in declining to consider Cormier’s appeal claiming that her rights, per the MCPA, had been violated.
Why? Cormier’s membership contract specifically stated she’d have access to a private women’s locker room and restroom. According to her, had she known that transgender women were also allowed to use the restroom, she never would have signed.
Boom. The court said the club mislead her by not explaining it’s policies when she signed the contract.
“We’re pleased with the decision,” Cormier’s attorney David Kallman told the Detroit Free Press. “The appeals court opinion was pretty clear that we not only have a valid claim, but that we will also prevail upon it.”
The attorney also said he’d file a motion for summary disposition, arguing she should win without a trial because of the appeal’s court ruling.
If that happens, Cormier plans on asking for payment for attorneys fees and for Planet Fitness to amend its membership contracts and club signage.
Of course Planet Fitness has nothing to say.
That’s what happens when you realize that court isn’t exactly a judgement-free zone…