Tshyrad Oates, a member at a New Jersey LA Fitness location, accused the gym of racially profiling him and his friends in a Facebook post on Monday.
In his post, TShyrad wrote:
Went to LA Fitness In secaucus to workout with my boy. I signed in under a 4day guest pass and he was already at the gym and a current member of the club. After about a half hour I was approached by this same employee telling me that I had to leave or pay and I explained to her that I just signed in with her with the guest pass. She stated that it was my friend who did not pay (unaware that her manager had already signed him in with his membership pass). My friend stated to her that he is an active and current member and that his gym tag was in his locker. He felt racially profiled and embarrassed by the harassment of this La Fitness employee in front of other members at the gym. We continued our workout and next thing we know 2 police men show up questioning us on why we were their with no memberships, we explained to them about our guest pass and rescanned my friend’s member tag and it resulted in current active statues. (The La Fitness employee did look at the computer screen that showed current member status and said nothing.) We again started our workout and 10 mins later an La Fitness manager told us to leave, we stated that we did not do anything wrong and have active current memberships. 2 mins later 5 police men show up asking us to leave. This La Fitness manager who refused to give us his reason to kicking us out, and refused to give us his name stated that I was banned from the gym and my friend’s gym membership has been terminated effective immediately. This is ridiculous and the last video sealed the deal.
Since the post has gone viral, allegedly LA Fitness has fired the manager and two other employees who were involved in escalating the situation.
L.A. Fitness has fired a manager and two employees at a New Jersey gym where two black men were kicked out Monday night in an incident captured on video and shared on social media, according to a salesman there.
An employee who answered the phone at L.A. Fitness in Secaucus told NJ Advance Media the manager who appeared in the video recorded by one of the men has been "removed from the company."
The employee, a salesman who would only give his first name Josos, also said two women who were working that evening and badgered the men are no longer employees.
"I know the incident was really bad," said Josos.
In a statement emailed to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday evening, L.A. Fitness said it has apologized to the customer and made it clear that his membership is still valid.
"Regrettably, our staff unnecessarily escalated the situation and called the police rather than work through it, " the statement said. "Clearly, this is a long time member with a current, valid membership. We want to clarify that no membership was cancelled and no one, including the member's guest, was banned from the club. We have spoken to the member to apologize and assured him that he and his guests are welcome in our clubs at all times."
Tshyrad took to Facebook Tuesday evening to thank everyone for their support yet also noted that he has yet to hear anything from LA Fitness nor have they released a written statement so we cannot confirm the company actually fired these employees.
Just in case you forgot, this isn't the first time LA Fitness was accused of discrimination. Months ago Jim Jones went on Live to tell the world how LA Fitness profiled him and cancelled his membership after he asked for a charger.
This time, it seems LA Fitness attempted to do the right thing by terminating the employees involved. Unfortunately its obviously a reoccurring problem which is NOT going unnoticed. They may want to take a page from Starbucks and send their employees to training.
Kudos to these officers. They understood the situation and seemed to side with the men as well. THIS kind of understand and treatment is what people have been protesting for.