It all started earlier this month when Cormier had her membership to the gym in Midland, MI revoked after having a meltdown over a trans woman using the women’s locker room.
First, Cormier complained to staff about the person who she said “totally looked like a man” using the women’s locker room. When they defended the woman’s right to use the women’s locker room, Cormier went around to other gym members to tell them about the situation, saying it was “unsafe.”
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room,” she told CNN. “I don’t care what you are. I don’t care if you’re gay lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
Planet Fitness, which touts itself as a “judgement free zone,” decided to cancel Cormier’s membership after determining her behavior was “inappropriate and disruptive” to other gym members.
Now, Cormier has filed a lawsuit against the gym in Midland County Circuit Court. Her attorneys at the Kallman Legal Group issued a press release accusing the gym of creating a “hostile and offensive environment for women and children.”
“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,” the press release said. “The policy allows men who self-identify as women to use the women’s facilities, including the women’s locker room and showers.”
Cormier says she doesn’t want her membership to the gym reinstated. Instead, she wants $25,000.
Meanwhile, Planet Fitness isn’t budging on it’s stance as a “judgement free zone.”
“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members,” the company said in a statement earlier this month. “Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”