PLANO — Jamie Johnson is a mother of two. She was hoping to get back into an exercise routine, so she starting going to the LA Fitness club near Coit Road and Bush Turnpike in Plano.
She said her experience quickly soured after her two trainers allegedly made sexually explicit comments and put her through unusual exercises.
The Johnsons and their attorney sat down with News 8 on Wednesday. They filed a suit with Dallas County Wednesday morning alleging deceptive practices, negligence, and breach of contract by LA Fitness and two trainers.
“The behavior of both trainers is reprehensible,” said attorney Chase Laws.
Johnson said one trainer put her through unusual exercises that she said exploited her.
“I would ask, 'Why this exercise?' or, 'Why are you standing there?' and he would bluntly say: 'So I can see your chest move,'” Johnson said.
She claims the trainer made sexually explicit statements on a daily basis. At one point, Johnson recalled the trainer saying: "I know you’re getting a good workout because your nipples are getting hard."
“That's extremely inappropriate, and I just felt embarrassed and ashamed," Johnson said. "They can't treat anyone this way. They can't treat men this way... no one!"
Johnson said she cried and left the gym and didn't return for months. She came back to LA Fitness only to have another trainer make similar comments and put her in other unusual exercises that she said exploited her body.
Johnson said the final straw was a text message that her five-year-old first opened. It read: “Do u suffer from hard nipple syndrome,” referring to her previous interaction with her first trainer.
Johnson's attorney, Chase Laws, says he hasn’t received any response from LA Fitness, even after he hand-delivered a notice of the suit earlier this year.
Their petition shows the Johnsons are reporting roughly $2,800 in monetary losses. Jamie Johnson is seeking damages for lost wages, psychiatric care, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost earnings.
WFAA made every attempt to contact LA Fitness' parent company Fitness International LLC for their side of this story, but our calls, e-mails, and messages were not returned.