Planet Fitness just can’t seem to avoid making PR waves—this time for giving a pregnant woman the boot from one of its workout facilities.
Melissa Mantor was 18 weeks pregnant when she says she was asked to leave a Charleston, South Carolina, club because “her belly was hanging out.”
Mantor told ABC News 4 WCIV
I was on the treadmill for about 10 minutes before I was approached by a girl who came up to me telling me that she is going to have to ask me to leave. I was very confused by this and thought I may have heard her wrong. She told me again that I am not able to continue my workout until I change my clothes because I am in violation of their dress code.
The gym’s dress code
does not mention bare midriffs, according to the article. It does, however, mention string tank tops, which are verboten. Problem is, Mantor told ABC 4 that she wore those to the gym several times before she was heaved.
The station tried to get a response from the Planet Fitness in question, but they passed the buck to corporate, who passed it right back in the form of a statement:
The majority of Planet Fitness clubs are owned and operated by individual franchisees. Our corporate dress code policy, which is enforced at the discretion of club staff, states that jeans, boots, men’s string tank tops, or revealing clothing are prohibited. This particular location also had a stated policy that prohibited bare midriffs. In this instance, a staff member approached the member to inform her of the policy and offer her a free t-shirt to complete her workout. She was not asked to leave the gym as a result of her attire.
Mantor cancelled her membership, and although she “never felt so judged and embarrassed,” does not plan any further action.
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So much for the “Judgement Free Zone