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Gym owners unite to file lawsuit against New York State

Karen Tararache
Updated: July 01, 2020 01:24 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 11:23 PM

NEW YORK -  Not equal under the law. That's the argument CrossFit athlete Charlie Cassara and a collective of 3,000 gyms across New York will present as they prepare to file a collective class action lawsuit against the state.

"The power to just say you can't open, and we don't know when, that's just not going to work for a lot of us because after speaking with you, a lot of us are not going to make it," Cassara said.

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On a Zoom conference call with more than 200 participants, Cassara explained the state did not allow fitness organizations due process under the law to prove they could reopen.

Instead, they were lumped into a "recreation category" and not allowed to start up again in phase four because the governor says the health department needs to study air filtering systems in gyms, malls and movie theaters.

"That's not a big deal, now we can have filters because it might interfere with malls but when it came to us, there were no filters, there was no answer for that. There was no mention of gyms, nothing, we are done," Cassara said.

In addition to the collective suit, another suit will be filed where fitness organizations can individually list what they'll do to keep clients safe.

Cassara also wants gyms to keep track of their losses, so they can file for damages, too.

The lawsuits, Cassara said, will be filed in six to10 of New York's counties.


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