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Planet Fitness Transgender Lawsuit Ordered Back to Appeals Court

Planet Fitness and its franchisee in Midland, Michigan, face another round in the Michigan Appeals Court after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered that a case involving its locker room policy use by transgendered people should be reviewed again by the lower court.

A case related to Planet Fitness’ locker room policy is back in court after the Michigan Supreme Court decided the Michigan Court of Appeals had made an error.

According to a ruling posted on April 6 by the Michigan Supreme Court, the court of appeals erred when it declined to consider an appeal by Yvette Cormier that her rights under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) had been violated after she encountered a transgender woman in the locker room of a Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan.

The encounter occurred in 2015. When Cormier complained to the Planet Fitness staff, she was informed that people could enter the locker room of the gender to which they identified. She continued to attend the facility but told other women about the policy despite being asked by club management to stop doing so. Her membership was then revoked.

The case was originally dismissed in January 2016, but the plaintiff appealed the ruling. In June 2017, the Michigan Appeals Court upheld the lower court’s ruling in favor of Planet Fitness, rejecting the plaintiff’s claims that her privacy and well-being were endangered by the transgender woman’s presence in the locker room.  

Cormier then appealed to the Supreme Court, which offered on April 6 its order to remand the case to the Michigan Appeals Court where the MCPA claim is to be considered.

A Planet Fitness spokesperson said that the company “does not comment on litigation as a matter of policy.”

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