Anti-trans* woman uses Michigan civil rights act to sue Planet Fitness for cancelling her membership

Originally posted at Eclectablog.

Earlier this month I wrote about a woman in Midland who had her Planet Fitness membership cancelled because she spent her days in their gym warning anyone who would listen that Planet Fitness had a “No Judgment Zone” policy that permitted a transgender woman to enter the women's locker room. Keep in mind that their locker rooms have private changing stalls and their toilet stalls have doors on them. But the presence of a “man” in the locker room was simply too much for Yvette Cormier who then returned every day the following week to “warn” women about Planet Fitness's horrible policy of tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance.

Planet Fitness told her to knock it off, she didn't, so they revoked her membership. Done and done.

Now a legal group with ties to an extremist right wing Christian group is suing Planet Fitness on behalf of Cormier for their policy and they are invoking – I'm not kidding here – the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. According to the suit filed by the Kallman Legal Group, Planet Fitness is guilty of invasion of privacy, two counts of sexual harassment, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract. The sexual harassment and retaliation charges are, according to them, direct violations of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act because Cormier is a woman.

You can read the entire complaint HERE where they comically claim that Planet Fitness's policy “enabled and encouraged possible criminal activity.”

  • March 24, 2015