24 Hour Fitness faces sexual harassment lawsuit
A male employee has sued 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc., saying his female boss got a little too friendly with him at one of the fitness company’s clubs in Sherman Oaks.
Jonathan Prince says the club's manager invited him out for drinks, asked him to accompany her to Las Vegas and sent him unwanted, suggestive text messages for one month this summer.
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Prince said he told his boss to “cease her behavior and refused her advances.” Prince said his boss retaliated by falsely criticizing his work performance, diminishing his chances for bonuses and promotion.
Prince said he “suffered and continues to suffer embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, mental anguish and severe shock to his nervous system.”
Officials with 24 Fitness declined to discuss the allegations.
“As a matter of practice, we do not comment on pending litigation. Our focus remains on making fitness accessible and affordable to people of all ages,” the company said in a statement.
The lawsuit seeks financial compensation “in excess of $50,000.”
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Credit: People at 24 Hour Fitness in Irvine work out during presidential debates in 2008. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times