24 Hour Fitness / scary employees
I was member and was treated the way many employees were who have won suits against them. I rebuffed a trainer employed at 24 who flirted with me, followed me home when he saw me walking, physically hugged me or tried to on two occasions. A while after rejecting him he screamed at me and threatened me at the gym and then in my neighborhood (he lives near me). I immediately filed a complaint regarding his behavior with management (their own policy states this type of behavior is not allowed at the gym). Then he threatened me outside the gym. I eventually hired an attorney at a great expense who drafted a letter telling this man we wanted the harassment and slander (by this time he was slandering me at the gym) to cease or the next step was a restraining order. I notified 24-Hour Fitness of my need to obtain an attorney and two weeks later a "new" manager escorted me out of the gym and told me not to return. After numerous calls I was told my file was tagged and only one person could talk to me. I withdrew my membership after I was given no reason for the escort out of the club and was told I had violated something which was false.
The trainer continued stalking and harassing me. I obtained a TRO=Temporary Restraining Order and at the Hearing for an PRO he admitted to battery on someone else and a police complaint indicated another assault on a woman during Road rage.
During the case he stated, "this all started at 24-Hour Fitness, " and produced my name and membership status and 3 letters from other members complaining about me. He stated that I was "kicked out of 24-Hour Fitness and was never allowed to join another one." He produced a document obtained from 24-Hour Fitness that stated my membership status, "revoked." As his defense was filled with documents from 24-Hour Fitness and the fact they bullied the "whistle blower" me, when I complained makes me believe he has made them party to a law suit. He had solicited the letters from friends and co-workers (all dated after my complaints to management) which I never had a chance to defend, in order to "kick me out" of the gym. Recently I rejoined the gym and I told them I was a previous member and I still live at the same address. They signed me up without incident. So at the very least this man is using information from 24 hour fitness to slander and harass me.
This is a man the gym has hailed as an "Ambassador to the China Olympics." He is now being investigated by the DA for violation of the Court Order (TRO). This would be egg on their face. They supported a guy who now has an admission of battery, another police report of Battery with Road Rage, and an investigation by the DA for violating the TRO. ALL PUBLIC RECORD at the San Diego Civil Division. He was sent to China by 24 hour fitness after a Police Complaint for Assault and Battery.
Fitness industry rife with corruption: banking in on fatness not fitness (they do not want you to be fit or they make no money). No one has taken on this organization because they spend a lot on advertising. Numerous women in my region were stalked by employees of 24-Hour Fitness who got their home addresses after they scanned into the club with their membership card.
The fitness industry is rife with sexual harassment and unfair practices. They are not about fitness but about sales. Buyer beware.
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