woman asked to leave gym over tank top, takes case to human rights lawyer

by:Max Apparel     2020-06-15
OTTAWA—
An Ottawa woman said she felt \"degraded\" and she was filing a human rights complaint against a local health club that allegedly asked her not to wear a vest because of her large breasts.
But on Friday, the club, Movati Athletic, was fighting back at Jenna Vecchio, saying that while it had no intention of embarrassing her, it was her and her husband who chose to open the dispute.
Vecchio said she had contacted a rights attorney and was considering her options after a female staff member told her about her black identity
Other gym members are not feeling well.
The incident happened last Saturday when Vivio and her husband were working out, shaking the woman.
\"It\'s humiliating because there are other members around (who)
\"Stop doing what they\'re doing to listen to the conversation,\" Vecchio told Canadian media . \".
\"I feel isolated and degraded,\" she added . \".
\"My chest is the focus of the conversation, and it\'s not something that a woman likes to discuss openly with people.
Soon afterwards, Vicio wrote down her painful experience on Facebook under the name Rose Nickels.
Posts including photos of Xu yuochio wearing tank vests have been shared nearly 5,000 times and have attracted the attention of international media.
Two days later, Vecchio returned to the gym, where she canceled her membership after talking to the club manager, who promised to look into the matter and respond to her.
But Vecchio didn\'t get a response, she said she just heard Movati support the decision through the media.
In a statement, the company said it launched a survey after seeing Vecchio\'s Facebook post and insisted on implementing its dress code decision. “Following Ms.
Vecchio\'s own post on social media on this matter, we conducted a thorough investigation, which included
Manual accounts of members and other staff, and the following
\"I have met with Jenna himself,\" the statement said . \".
\"After our interview, we insisted on the initial decision to confirm
Vicio\'s dress is inconsistent with our code of conduct.
\"Mofanti also questioned whether the photos she posted online were the same as the clothes she wore when she went to the gym.
\"Although this may not be intentional, Madam
Vecchio\'s dress is not as low-key as the pictures and media interviews she recently shared on Facebook suggest, \"the company said.
\"While our staff are professional and cautious in their approach and follow the process in which we do not require members to leave or end their exercise, she and her husband choose to openly upgrade
Vecchio said: \"The problem for her is not her vest, but she was told that although others are wearing similar clothes, she can\'t wear them because of her chest size.
She noted that in other gyms, including the one that stayed in Halifax before moving to Ottawa, she wore the same style of vest.
\"I was clear when I was picked out,\" she said . \".
\"I can look directly at another woman in a vest who will not admit the fact that she is wearing a vest.
They keep turning it to me and they are just discussing the way my vest and my chest appear.
Vecchio says she has no issue with the dress code, just about how Movati applies their dress code.
\"Dress code is acceptable.
What we need to question is the way they are enforced.
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