A woman is fighting back after being told her gym attire was “inappropriate” due to the size of her breasts.
Ottawa resident Jenna Vecchio (whose Facebook name appears as Rose Nichols) said she was wearing a tank top at the Movati Athletic Club’s Orleans location when told her shirt was inappropriate.
When she pointed out to the supervisor that other women in the gym were wearing tank tops, the supervisor allegedly said it was because of her body type.
“They informed me that … due to my chest size I could not wear a tank top,” the Facebook post reads.
“I felt humiliated and discriminated against due to my figure.”
The gym staff aren’t backing down, though.
In a statement to Global News, the gym said “Vecchio’s attire was not as modest as she has suggested via the images she shared recently on Facebook.”
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The statement also says management conducted an investigation into the incident and that they stand behind their employee’s decision to approach Vecchio.
“The Movati staff never indicated Ms. Vecchio’s style of shirt was not appropriate – it was the lack of coverage that was the issue,” the company’s statement read.
“While in no way did we mean to embarrass Ms. Vecchio, we did feel it necessary to address the situation with her due to member discomfort.”
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Vecchio also shared pictures from the gym’s website which show women in similar-style clothing.
“I was singled out and it is unfair to say I cannot wear a tank top and other women can!” she writes.
“If tank tops are not allowed at the gym for me because of my chest size than [sic] all women should not be allowed to wear tank tops regardless of size.”
The gym’s Facebook page has since been flooded with support for Vecchio, though there are some people who have said Vecchio’s photos do not accurately portray how she looked when she was told to change her attire.
Vecchio’s Facebook post has gone viral, with thousands of views as of Thursday night. Her story has also picked up international attention.
Movati Athletic currently has 12 locations across southern Ontario.