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Former Life Time Fitness Trainer Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Dirty text messages and inappropriate touching may just be leading a Minnesota-based gym into a great deal of legal trouble. Lisa Ryan Flores of Cypress, TX claims that she was subjected to inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior while she worked as a trainer at the Life Time Fitness, reports ClubIndustry.com. The former trainer is now seeking damages in a lawsuit that include back pay, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

Among the accusations in the lawsuit, Flores claims that her team leader at Life Time, Todd Buckland, put his hand down her pants and sent her unwanted text messages outside of work late at night. The alleged behavior reportedly took place in July 2009 while Flores worked at the company’s Houston City Centre location.

Flores alleged that she reported the sexual advances, but that Life Time retaliated against her for voicing her concerns. This allegedly included demotion, which reduced Flores' pay, and eventually termination. In addition to the sexual harassment and retaliation claims, Flores is also suing on the grounds of assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is considered to be a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Texas and at the federal level, only employers with 15 or more employees are subjected to Title VII and the liability of sexual harassment. Victims of sexual harassment in their employment must first send their complaint to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the federal agency that enforces Title VII.

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