Man files suit against LA Fitness claiming religious discrimination


CALLED IN SOME DELAYS FOR THE MORNING. RIGHT NOW, THAT INFORMATION RUNNING AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. HE CLAIMS HE WAS TOLD HE WOULD BE PERMANENTLY BARRED IF HE CONTINUED TO PRAY. A LOCAL MAN FIGHTING BACK AGAINST A BUSINESS GIANT. EMILY WOOD IS LIVE WITH THE LAWSUIT THAT HAS AMERICA TALKING. 28-YEAR-OLD MOHAMED FALL STILL WORKS OUT AT THIS L.A. FITNESS FOR MOST EVERY DAY. HE PLAYS BASKETBALL ON THE WEEKENDS WITH HIS FRIENDS. HE NOW SAYS HE FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE AND CLAIMS THAT HIS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HAS BEEN VIOLATED. IN THIS FEDERAL LAWSUIT, MOHAMED FALL CLAIMS L.A. FITNESS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT IN DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HIM ON THE BASE OF RACE AND OR RELIGION. I JUST FEEL LIKE IT WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM IT. A MEMBER AT THIS LOCATION SINCE 2013, FALL SAYS HE NEVER HEARD ANYONE COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS DAILY PRAYERS AFTER WORKING OUT. ON JIN WERE 29TH, HE CLAIMS HE WAS TOLD TO STOP. I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF MY PRAYING AND I SAW THREE GUYS WALK IN BEHIND ME. THEY MADE ME FEEL REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE. AT THAT MOMENT, I WAS AFRAID. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THE SON OF AN AFRICAN MOTHER AND IMMIGRANT FATHER, HE MIGRATED TO THE U.S. AND SAYS IT HAS FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME, UNTIL NOW. I FELT BAD. I FELT LIKE I HAD COMMITTED A CRIME. IT WAS THE BASIS OF SOMEONE FROM NATIONAL HAVING BEEN THERE THAT DAY AND ORDERING THEM TO TELL HIM THAT. HIS LAWYER SAYS L.A. FITNESS IS A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION, MEANING IT IS OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN. A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SOMEONE BASED ON THEIR RACE OR RELIGION. AGAIN, FALL STILL USES THIS L.A. FITNESS EVERY DAY AFTER WORK BECAUSE HE NO LONGER — BUT SAYS HE NO LONGER PRAISE HERE AFTER THESE WORKOUTS. NO COMMENTS BY THIS BRANCH OF L.A. FITNESS. WE REACHED OUT TO THE CORPORATE BRANCH IN CALIFORNIA AND HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK. REPORTING LIVE TONIGHT IN OAKLEY. THANK YOU.

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