A woman was stunned when gym staff told her she couldn’t work out in a vest top because it was “inappropriate”. Jenna Vechhio says she wasn’t the only woman wearing a tank-style top to exercise in. But she claims that because of her large chest , she was singled out and told she had to cover up.
She claims the incident was “discrimination” and said she felt humiliated by the episode at the gym in Ontario, Canada. Ms Vechhio wrote on Facebook: “I am a member of Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Ontario.
“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. 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.”
“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!”
Ms Vechhio went on to claim the club said they “can make their own rules” and posted pictures of the offending top online.
She wrote: “Movati Supervisors told me they are a private club and can make their own rules! Discrimination is not okay!”
“There are three pictures here of me in my clothing I wore at the gym today! Please let me know if this is offensive!”
In response, Sean Whittal, area director, Ottawa, Movati Athletic Group, said in a statement: “At Movati Athletic, we strive daily to create an atmosphere where all our members feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy.
“We ask members to be respectful of each other when in the gym, to include wearing modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes, limiting cell phone usage and keeping the facility clean. It is important to us that all members have a positive experience at Movati, and we take their needs and feelings very seriously. As such, on Saturday when some members of our gym voiced complaints regarding Ms. Vecchio’s attire as it made them feel uncomfortable and was seen as being contrary to our dress code policy our staff assessed the situation and spoke to Ms. Vecchio.”
“While in no way did we intend to embarrass her, we did feel we had to address the issue.”
“We are still looking into the matter, and would be happy to sit down and speak with Ms. Vecchio in more detail as we continue to investigate the incident.”