A woman was left humiliated when staff at her gym told her that she had to stop working out in a vest top because it was ‘inappropriate’.
Jenna Vechhio claims she was targeted because of her large breasts and that she wasn’t the only woman exercising in a tank-style top.
Ms Vechhio believes that she was purposely singled out by staff and says she feels humiliated by the episode which took place at the Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Ontario, The Mirror reports.
She posted her account on Facebook:
I was instructed by a Supervisor at the club that my tank top was inappropriate dress and is offensive to both the staff and other members.
That at Movati, they have a dress code stating only appropriate gym attire and modest clothing is to be worn.
I will start by saying my tank top was no different than many other women’s tank top at the club; except my chest size is much larger in appearance in comparison to my frame than many of the other women.
After asking every woman at the club who I could find on the way out if my attire offended them and they responded no, it became clear that the only ones offended were the two women supervisors working at the club today.
I pointed out to them that my shirt was no different than any other woman’s shirt. They informed me that it did not matter that due to my chest size I could not wear a tank top.Advertisement
I felt humiliated and discriminated against due to my figure. I was singled out and it is unfair to say I cannot wear a tank top and other women can!
Different figures means different rules? I would like to bring this out to the public! If tank tops are not allowed at the gym for me because of my chest size than all women should not be allowed to wear tank tops regardless of size.
This is dress code discrimination. Different figures does not mean different rules!
Jenna then claimed that the club’s supervisors went on to say that as it’s a private club they can make their own rules.
Sean Whittal, the area director for the Movati Athletic Group, claimed in a statement that his company strove daily to promote an atmosphere where all their members ‘feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy’.
He reiterated that it was important to be ‘respectful’ of other gym users and that wearing modest clothes was part of this.
Whittall also explained that it wasn’t the staff’s intention to embarrass Jenna but that some member of the gym had complained about the way she was dressed and ‘it made them feel uncomfortable’.
The gym is now investigating the incident.