US Muslim files Lawsuit against Gym for banning prayer in Locker room

2015-02-26 03:44:56 | Al Muslim News
US Muslim files Lawsuit against Gym for banning prayer in Locker room

 

LA Fitness is being sued in court by a Muslim member, alleging its employees violated his civil rights by telling him to stop praying in the locker room and threatening to kick him out if he did it again. Muhammad Fall, 28-year-old, Senegal-born Muslim and former Ohio Christian University basketball player and Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, states in his complaint that he regularly exercise at the LA Fitness in the Cincinnati. Since October 2013, he was praying regularly in men’s locker room after his workout and not been a problem until Jan. 29, He also capped his workouts by retreating "to an empty, obscure corner of the men's locker room, next to an empty coat rack," where he would face the wall and conduct Salat, or prayer, "quietly to himself for approximately 5-10 minutes." was interrupted by three male LA Fitness employees. The staff told him he would be banned if he was seen praying again, he said in the lawsuit file. “Mr. Fall claims he has observed others at LA Fitness engaged in religious prayer and related activities, such as making the sign of the cross,” the lawsuit stated. “Upon information and belief, none of that behavior has ever been banned by LA Fitness. Mr. Fall believes he was singled out because he is a Muslim.” Fall is asking the federal court for an order allowing him to continue to pray within the locker room of the gym..

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