A Michigan appellate court has ruled that a former member of the Planet Fitness chain of workout gyms deserves a rehearing in her case alleging sexual harassment and invasion of privacy.
In February, Yvette Cormier walked into the women's locker room at the Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan, to find a man in the women's private area.
Cormier complained to staff at the facility, who told her that members are free to use the locker room of their choosing based on "their sincere self-reported gender identity."
Cormier then began to warn other women that their private locker room was no longer a safe and secure place to shower, and to dress and undress.
Planet Fitness then cancelled her membership, claiming that she was creating a disturbance at their business. Cormier subsequently filed suit against Planet Fitness.
A lower court dismissed her lawsuit, contending that Cormier had not suffered "emotional distress" as a result of the policy. Now the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that her case should be reheard in light of the state's consumer protection laws.
"It is reasonable to infer that the failure of Planet Fitness to inform the plaintiff of its unwritten [open bathroom] policy affected her decision to join the gym," the court wrote.
The issue of women's privacy in their own locker rooms has been a running controversy at Planet Fitness, which likes to advertise itself as a "judgment-free zone."
Just last month a woman in Leesburg, Florida, was shocked to find a man in the women's locker room at a Planet Fitness location there.
The man stood in front of the mirror applying makeup for nearly an hour, where he had a full view of every woman's locker, and of every woman entering or exiting the shower area.
When the woman objected to staff about this invasion of female privacy, she was told that her membership would be revoked.
The man who invaded the women's locker room called the police and accused the woman of sexual harassment, saying that he felt "his life was in danger."
In the latest report of madness at Planet Fitness, a man at a Massachusetts facility chose to workout with no clothes on whatsoever.
Planet Fitness decided they weren't going to be so "judgment-free" in this case, and called the police. He was charged with indecent exposure, lewdness, and disorderly conduct.
Had the man chosen to cavort around totally nude in the women's locker room, he would not have been considered lewd or indecent, but a Planet Fitness member in good standing.
The mission of Planet Fitness is "to provide a clean, safe, welcoming environment for anyone who walks through its door."
The company's privacy policies make clear that Planet Fitness is anything but that.