And it's about accommodating transgendered people in single-sex spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms at the gym. Planet Fitness has a transgender-friendly locker room policy, and one woman by the name of Yvette Cormier was not having it. She became really upset about seeing a transgendered woman in the women's locker room, so she decided to warn other customers about the transgender-friendly policy.
However, Planet Fitness is asking for dismissal for the law suit, call it "woefully deficient" and claiming it promotes discrimination against transgender people. Planet Fitness has stated that ts locker room policy allows members and guests to use facilities that correspond to their self-reported gender identity.
Jeremy Hobson from Here & Now interviewed Cormier's attorney David Kallman on the matter, and this is what he had to say:
“The case is simply about the expectation of privacy that all people have in bathrooms, in locker rooms, and men’s rooms and women’s rooms. And essentially this case involves Planet Fitness, which has an unwritten policy that we believe creates a hostile sexual environment for women and children and it’s essentially putting political correctness above common sense and common decency, so that’s what the case is about. The lawsuit itself involves, like you say, invasion of privacy counts, breach of contract because there was no notification prior to our client signing up that this was their policy, and various violations under our state’s civil rights law.”
What do you think about this case? Does Cormier have a solid argument? Is Planet Fitness' "Judgement Free Zone" slogan taking things a little too far?