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Planet Fitness prohibits religious customers from wearing head coverings or skull caps

By Mason White 6:19 PM March 24, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
Exercise chain Planet Fitness, was slapped with a lawsuit after it prohibited a woman from wearing a religious head covering, according to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico.

According to the lawsuit, the Albuquerque Planet Fitness refused to let the Muslim woman wear her head covering while exercising.

Tarainia McDaniel, 37, said that she can’t understand why her head covering became a problem because another Planet Fitness location allowed her to work out with her head covering.

Her problems began when an employee told her that the head covering did not meet the company’s dress code. McDaniel said she offered to wear the hijab, but it was also rejected.

Planet Fitness said that head coverings violate the dress code of the gym. McDaniel filed under the Human Rights Act and the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act, alleging Planet Fitness illegally denied access to her religion.

“No jeans, work boots, bandanas, skull caps or revealing apparel,” a sign at the gym reads.