Plano woman sues gym for ‘suggestive’ exercises
They say we live in a litigious society, and judging by what’s been going on in Plano, those people might be right.
Jamie Johnson's issues with a local L.A. Fitness began when she felt her trainer asked her to do what she called inappropriate excursuses. Johnson claimed the trainer in question asked her to do exercises so that he could see her chest move while she performed them.
“I felt ashamed and violated,” Johnson said.
She switched trainers, but the problems continued. Johnson claims her second trainer made lewd comments to her and sent her an inappropriate text that her five-year old son found. So now she's filing suit. Her lawyer, Chase Laws, told KTRH Johnson wants to send a message.
“If you are going to conduct business in our community, you are going to be responsible for your actions and the actions of your employee,” Laws said.
Laws says that Johnson and her husband have both suffered emotional distress because of what’s happened.
“The environment they created was one of hostility and humiliation,” Laws stated.
Legal analyst Chris Tritico says Johnson shouldn't expect to get a lot of money when it's all said and done.
“I don’t see a great damage model, and I don’t think a jury is going to give a lot of money if any at all,” Tritico said.
Tritico says Johnson and her lawyer are going to have a tough time proving emotional distress.
“Those types of activities, while they are deplorable, are not going to cause someone to have excessive amount of mental anguish,” Tritico explained.
L.A. Fitness tried to settle things before the suit was filed, offering Johnson 400 dollars, but that offer was obviously turned down.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Laws: