On the 11th of January, the court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Yvette Cormier which alleged Planet Fitness’ policy on gender identity created a hostile and offensive environment for women and children, claiming that allowing a transgender women into the locker room is an invasion of privacy that also impedes on civil rights.
Even the boycott announced by the AFA was a bust having no effect on their bottom line (pun intended) if anything added momentum to Planet Fitness’ growth. The lawsuit which asked for $25,000 in damages wasn’t helped by the fact Cormier didn’t have a copy of her contract with Planet Fitness to give to the court.
But now that the celebration is over let’s look at just why Midland County Circuit judge, Michael Beale dismissed the lawsuit. In doing so we come to see that he truly dispensed justice with his ruling delineating sex and gender and harassment which established an invaluable legal precedent for transgender access to public accommodations.
Screen grabs from the ruling.