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USA: Ex-employee files lawsuit against Planet Fitness alleging sexual harassment & abuse

Author: Kathy McCormack, Boston Globe, Published on: 3 December 2018

"Former Planet Fitness manager alleges rape, harassment, ‘debaucherous’ environment", 30 Nov 2018

A former manager at New Hampshire-based Planet Fitness has sued the company, saying she was subjected to a male-dominated, ‘‘debaucherous’’ environment that included sexual harassment and rape.  Senior management at the Hampton headquarters organized drinking activities..., said Casey Willard, who joined the company in 2015.  Employees ‘‘competed regarding the number of shots they could consume in the least amount of time’’ at work...the lawsuit said...

Willard also claims...that she was drugged and raped on a business trip...by a company manager... She reported the rape to police...and to the company, the lawsuit said...She told two Planet Fitness attorneys she didn’t want others within the company to know what happened to her but later learned other managers knew, the lawsuit said...

McCall Gosselin, a spokeswoman for Planet Fitness, said in a statement...that the company investigated Willard’s claims and fired an employee for violation of company policy...The company disputes her other ‘‘baseless allegations.’’

Willard is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages arising from sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, discrimination and wrongful termination. Her working conditions were so difficult ‘‘that a reasonable person subjected to these conditions would feel forced to resign,’’ she said...

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