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Tiffany Austin was just hoping to get back into shape after a car accident and, like so many others, went to her local Richmond, Calif., Planet Fitness in hopes of working it out ... only to be told by an employee that she was "intimidating" others, according to KTVU


That's right. Austin was allegedly told by one of the branch's staff members that her toned body was intimidating other gymgoers and was asked to put on a baggier gym-issued shirt over her more flattering workout gear.


"We've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?" the staffer said, according to the news station. Shrugging it off—although she didn't see the issue with her crop top—Austin amicably agreed to put on a shirt.


However, while she was waiting for staff to bring the T-shirt, another gym employee came up to her and repeated the"I felt intimidated and harassed by the place that says no intimidation," she told KTVU.


Planet Fitness prides itself on slamming "gymtimidation" and for being known to kick out individuals who violate rules that could possibly make the Average Joe feel intimidated—even having an alarm that goes off whenever someone does something that calls attention to themselves, such as dropping weights or breathing too heavily. Its gyms also ban tank tops—a policy that Planet Fitness is adamantly standing by.


The company told the local station that it stands by its dress code but that, if Austin was indeed targeted for her toned stomach, it "wasn't in line with Planet Fitness."

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If this was not in Planet Fitness' dress code, she should have told them to kiss her ass and kept right on working out, however, she could have did the diplomatic thing and just put on a top that covered more of her body, but, if it is not part of Planet Fitness' dress code, she didn't have to.


But, really, the her fitness level should have been motivation instead of intimidation for the other patrons, and I'm sure that only (1) or (2) people even "complained".

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if this is not based on race, then please find another example of this happening to a white woman??  I bet you can't!!!


they just didnt want her fine self walking around in front of them making them feel bad because beautiful black women intimidate white women.  that's why Hollywood is full of Precious and Sherri Shepard shaped sistas.  They can't handle one of them with natural curves and toned.

they. are. just. bigots.


Gym faces lawsuit over Muslim head covering

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company.

An attorney for Tarainia McDaniel, 37, recently filed the lawsuit in a New Mexico district court stemming from a 2011 clash at a Planet Fitness that prevented McDaniel from using the gym while wearing the head covering, even though court documents said another Planet Fitness in the area had previously let her do so, the Albuquerque Journal reports (

McDaniel joined the New Hampshire-based gym chain Planet Fitness in Albuquerque on a two-year contract and later transferred to another location, according to the lawsuit.

On Oct. 3, 2011, she was turned away at her new gym and was told the informal head covering didn't meet its dress code, the lawsuit states. The gym had a sign that said "no jeans, work boots, bandanas, skull caps or revealing apparel."

McDaniel said she asked to be allowed to wear the informal head covering to accommodate her Muslim faith, and she even asked if she should come back wearing a formal head covering known as the hijab, according to the lawsuit.

But the gym denied her requests, the lawsuit states.

Planet Fitness attorney Erika Anderson said the head covering violates the gym's dress-code policy. "My client's position is that they didn't know the head covering was for religious purposes," Anderson said.

Anderson said she could not comment further on pending litigation.

In a statement, the company said gyms take into account members' religious affiliations. "At Planet Fitness, our policy is, and has always been, that members are allowed to wear head scarves for religious reasons in our clubs," the company said.

McDaniel's civil lawsuit, filed under the New Mexico Human Rights Act and the Unfair Practices Act, alleges that Planet Fitness illegally based the decision to deny her access upon her religion, or alternatively upon her race — she is African-American — and that the gym had no legitimate reason to deny her entry.

Planet Fitness, in its formal answer to the claims, denies violations of either the Human Rights Act or Unfair Practices Act. It says McDaniel failed to participate in good faith and that the company has legitimate business reasons for its practice as well as measures to prevent discrimination.

Planet Fitness has run into other controversies about its rules.

The KTVU TV station in Oakland, Calif., reports that a woman on Wednesday was asked to cover up while working out at a Planet Fitness in Richmond, Calif., because her body was too intimidating to others at the gym. A Planet Fitness spokesperson told the station that the company "strives to make everyone feel comfortable" and says the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager.

In 2006, Albert Argibay of Beacon, N.Y. was escorted by police officers from a gym for grunting, which is against Planet Fitness' rules for maintaining a non-intimidating atmosphere.

According to McDaniel's deposition, she said the Quran "is pretty specific on covering your hair" and dressing modestly in clothes that fit loosely.

In the deposition, Anderson asked if McDaniel recalled the sign posted at Planet Fitness that said "no jeans, work boots, bandanas, skull caps or revealing apparel."

According to the transcript, McDaniel acknowledged seeing the sign. But she added, "I already (had) made it known before I signed the contract that I covered my hair. I had on (what) I call a head covering. I guess for the sake of the record, they're referring to it as a head covering."

When Anderson asked if she told them she was Muslim, McDaniel replied, "I sure did."

In 2013, a federal appeals court dismissed claims by an Oklahoma Muslim woman who said she was not hired by retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit that Samantha Elauf, then 17, wasn't hired in 2008 at an Abercrombie store in Tulsa's Woodland Hills Mall because her hijab violated the retailer's "Look Policy."

But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Elauf never told Abercrombie she needed a religious accommodation, even though she was wearing the headscarf during her interview.

The Ohio-based company changed its policy four years ago. It recently settled similar lawsuits in California.

Quote by sunnubian: "I'm trying see why a gym would care what anyone wore on their head, a fashion retail store I could almost see, but a gym?"


You can't wear a religious scarf or a skull cap but you can wear as many baseball caps as you want.


The problem with the rules of Planet Fitness "The gym had a sign that said "no jeans, work boots, bandanas, skull caps or revealing apparel" and most major fitness centers is they really don't enforce those rules unless a customer complains and especially the complaint of a long standing regular paying customer.


And who do they really complain to?


A personal fitness trainer and not fitness center management.


I go regularly and I see all those things (and more to include working out in sandals, flip flops, no sneakers, not even changing out of their work clothes and even had two older nuns in full nunnery wear working out) that aren't allowed by rule actually being allowed because they are so worried about losing business.


That Black woman who was told she was intimidating because of her abs and her dress is tame compared to many White women (especially young White women) who work out with shorts that could be viewed as bikini bottoms.


That "intimidation" comment is real and happens all the time because you have your fitness group "cliques" in the gym of all ages who come in regularly within the same time frame and gossip more than they work out and especially elderly White women in exercise classes or on the thread mill.


And many in the gym are so insecure with low self-esteem about themselves (even if they have been working out for years) they really do get offended by another person's physique.


Many of them actually think they have power and own the place and try to render their so-called influence and persuasion on the fitness center staff about the things they want and those staff members just go right along because when that comment was said about her abs and dress, all the staff member had to do was explain that it's not right to complain but if he or she did, then the customer takes her complaint directly to the manager that can eventually affect that staff member's job.


Many of those people are just racist and nasty.

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'It Was Blatant': Black Man Says Planet Fitness Kicked Him Out Because Of His Appearance (Video)

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A man in Pittsburgh is seeking legal action after he claimed a gym in his area told him to leave because of his appearance.

Chris Edmonds was at the Planet Fitness in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, when the incident occurred. According to him, a manager of the establishment asked him to leave because of how he looked.

“Is it my beard?” Edmonds recounted. “Am I tall, am I black, my tattoos? What is it? He said, ‘Yes, all of the above.’”

Edmonds worked out at the gym with his friend, Regis Sauers, and another for two days. While he was just a visitor at the Planet Fitness, he told WPXI that he was discriminated against (video interview below).

“It was blatant [racism],” he said. “The guy told me … He looked me right in my eyes and said, ‘Yeah, that’s why.’”

Edmonds is also the owner of Athletic Trauma Unit, a charitable nonprofit that gives free outdoor workout sessions to those in the community. He says that he was not wearing anything to promote the nonprofit at the time of the incident.

Planet Fitness released a statement from their corporate office reading, “A guest of a Planet Fitness was part of a group leading training sessions generated complaints from other members.”

However, both Edmonds and Sauers claim they were never a part of any group training session.

“I’m an ex-NFL football player,” Edmond said. “I’ve been working out my whole life.

“In my adult years, this is the biggest case of racism I’ve seen and had done to myself," he continued.

"And to be called that to my face and to tell me it was because I’m big and black and bald with tattoos — All things I can’t change,” he told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “I can’t change that I’m black.”​

Edmond’s attorney said that he is working on building a case for discrimination. He intends to acquire surveillance video from the establishment.

Source: New Pittsburgh CourierWPXI

Photo Credit: WPXI, WCPO

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