Gym faces lawsuit over Muslim head covering

March 20, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire-based gym chain Planet Fitness after she says an Albuquerque location refused to let her wear a religious head [auth] covering while working out.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that an attorney for 37-year-old Tarainia McDaniel recently filed the lawsuit in New Mexico district court.
According to the lawsuit, McDaniel joined Planet Fitness on a two-year contract and later transferred to another gym location. On Oct. 3, 2011, the woman claims she was turned away at her new gym and told the head covering didn’t meet its dress code.

McDaniel says she even offered wear a hijab, the formal head covering.

Planet Fitness attorney Erika Anderson says the head covering violates the gym’s dress code policy.

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