The Dallas Morning News

Woman recorded in shower sues gym

24 Hour Fitness member says man dressed like employee recorded her

- By DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR. Fort Worth Startelegr­am

A Texas woman who had been a member of 24 Hour Fitness in Houston filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company and a manager after she says a man recorded her while she showered at the gym in September.

The man, who was dressed similarly to a 24 Hour Fitness employee, ran away when she screamed and got out of the shower.

The lawsuit also noted that Maria Pelayo was not able to view any security recordings because the cameras were not working at the time of the incident.

Pelayo filed a police report, but no one has been arrested in the case as of Thursday.

Pelayo filed the lawsuit in Houston on Wednesday against the company and Houston manager Jason Smart.

“We are aware of an incident that took place in our 24 Hour Fitness Houston Rice Village club in which a female club member reported an encounter that concerned her while she was in the women’s locker room,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “Due to privacy considerat­ions, we cannot provide further informatio­n.”

24 Hour Fitness, which is based in San Ramon, Calif., has 400 gyms in 13 states, including several in North Texas and the Dallasfort Worth area, according to the company’s website.

The lawsuit stated Pelayo was in the womenonly shower on Sept. 24, 2018, after a workout when she looked down and saw a cell phone being aimed at her and recording her.

Pelayo screamed, opened the shower door and saw a man who immediatel­y ran away. She ran to the front desk, asked for help and requested to see security recordings to be able to identify the man.

An employee at the front desk told her it would not be a problem, according to the lawsuit. A few minutes later, manager Jason Smart came out and told her that she could not see the recordings because the cameras were not working, the lawsuit says.

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