Can fitness clubs keep women-only areas?

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments May 5 in a case involving women-only exercise areas in fitness clubs but with potentially wider implications for gender-related issues.

The case raises questions regarding sexual discrimination, differences between men and women and even the definition of gender.

Several states have changed their gender discrimination laws to exclude fitness clubs.

Connecticut’s Chief Justice, Richard Robinson, told the Associated Press the case is tough because of “cultural overlays,” noting there are bigger issues than “statutory interpretation” at work.

Connecticut specifically exempts bathrooms, sleeping areas and locker rooms from gender discrimination laws.

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