LA Fitness settles with Attorney General to accommodate members’ aides


ANGELA CHRISTOFOROS NEWS 4.)) NEW TONIGHT– L-A FITNESS HAS AGREED TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE WITH DISABLITIES. THIS COMES AFTER AN INVESTIGATION BY NEW YORK’S ATTONERY GENERAL. THE A-G’S OFFICE WAS RECEIVING COMPLAINTS THAT L-A FITNESS WASN’T WAIVING FEES FOR AIDES. NEWS FOUR’S AL VAUGHTER’S SPOKE WITH THE WOMAN AT THE HELM OF THE LAWSUIT, AL. SHOWING ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THE PARENT COMPANY OF LA FITNESS HAS AGREED TO CHANGE ITS POLICIES STATEWIDE. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN SUED THE CALIFORNIA-BASED FITNESS INTERNATIONAL FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST A MEMBER WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY. LA FITNESS IS CHANGING ITS POLICY FOR ACCOMODATING MEMBERS WHO HAVE DISABILITIES. CHRISTOPHER CIATTO HAS EPILEPSY, AND HAS A PERSONAL AIDE WHO HAS TO ACCOMPANY HIM WHEN HE GOES TO THE GYM. THIS VIDEO OF A YOUNG MAN HERE IN WESTERN NEW YORK WORKING OUT WITH AN AIDE IS THE WAY CHRISTOPHER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMODATED. INSTEAD THE LA FITNESS REQUIRED HIS AIDE TO PAY A GUEST FEE. CHRISTOPHER’S MOM CLAUDIA CIATTO CONTACTED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE.. AND A LAWSUIT WAS FILED, ACCUSING THE FITNESS CHAIN OF VIOLATING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, AND STATE LAW. THEY ANNOUNCED A SETTLEMENT TODAY. ((A SEIZURE CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME.. KEEP MY SON SAFE.)) ((THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MAKE THAT.. WHEN HE HAS A SEIZURE.)) FITNESS INTERNATIONAL HAS AGREED TO WAIVE FEES FOR THE AIDES OF ITS MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES.. TRAIN STAFF TO IMPLEMENT ITS NEW POLICIES.. AND EVEN THREW IN A FREE 18-MONTH MEMBERSHIP FOR CHRISTOPHER CIATTO. BUT HIS MOM TOLD US, CHRISTOPHER STILL

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