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Planet Fitness Judged in Court: Trans Locker Rooms Violate Consumer Protection Laws

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A woman who sued Planet Fitness after the gym giant terminated her membership for complaining about their transgender bathroom policy was won an important ruling in Michigan Court of Appeals.

“[The appellate court] pretty much ruled that we won based on the Michigan Consumer Protection Act,” said attorney Dave Kallman in an interview. “We’ll be filing our motion in the next two to three weeks … [and] be heard by the end of September, early October.”

Yvette Cormier sued Planet Fitness for  invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and Michigan Consumer Protection Act violations after she complained to management that a man was changing in the woman’s locker room, and the company retaliated by terminating her membership.

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“Front desk staff at the gym dismissed Cormier’s complaints, telling her Planet Fitness’ policy is to allow members to have access to whatever locker room corresponds with their self-identified gender,” according to Life Site News. “The company’s management backed that up.”

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Her case was thrown out by the Midland Circuit Court, and then by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with most of the holdings of the lower courts, except her Consumer Protection claim, and bounced the case back to the Court of Appeals, which ruled in Cormier’s favor.

The Consumer Protections claim will be re-heard by the Midland Circuit Court, per the ruling of the Court of Appeals. The invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, emotional distress, and other claims were deemed meritless. Those claims, particularly the emotional distress claim, have a very high legal threshold to be considered legitimate.

If Cormier wins her case in the Midland Circuit Court, she will not win any monetary damages, but Planet Fitness will be stuck with the legal bill and important precedent will be set. The case could allow others who are uncomfortable being forced to share a locker room with the opposite sex to consider their legal options under their states’ Consumer Protections laws. The same could happen in federal courts if similar subject matter is evaluated there.

“We commend the Michigan Supreme Court in this decision against Planet Fitness which is endangering women by allowing men in the women’s facilities and punishing those who object,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a legal non-profit that promotes religious freedom. “This is a safety issue for women who understandably do not want to share a locker room with men. This is also discrimination based on sex and violation of state law.”

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Michael Bloomberg Insulted the Intelligence of American Farmers in 2016

The metropolitan elite claims anyone can be a farmer. But not a coder.

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Michael Bloomberg spoke of American terms in dismissive terms in 2016, claiming that they performed simple and easy labor and stating that they could not perform a computer coder’s job.

I could teach anybody – even people in this room, no offense intended – to be a farmer,” Bloomberg said at Oxford University’s Said School of Business. “It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that.

Anyone with a passing familiarity of agriculture could quite easily debunk Bloomberg’s reaching oversimplification. Farming is an ancient trade that involves generations of wisdom, requiring knowledge of planting practices, soil quality, and yield estimates, not mentioning the additional discipline of animal husbandry.

Not satisfied with his first display of white collar elitism, Bloomberg went on to slight manufacturing workers and tradesmen.

Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal in the lathe, you turn the crank in direction of an arrow, and you can have a job.

It’d probably be pretty funny to see the Wall Street investment banker and former New York City mayor work as a machinist for a day.

He went on to clarify that working as a coder represents the peak utilization of human intellectual capacity.

He said programming is “fundamentally different, because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets you need to learn are how to think and analyze and that is a whole degree level different, you need to have different skill set. You have to have a lot more gray matter.

Computer programming does provide great utility to society, as do farmers and welders. Bloomberg seems inherently ignorant of the benefits different skill sets provide to America.

Considering he’s trying to buy the presidency, Bloomberg nominally hopes to win states with large rural populations such as Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2020. If so, he’s probably hoping his dismissive remarks will go straight down the memory hole with his widely unpopular stop-and-frisk policies as mayor.

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