The corporate office of Planet Fitness in New York issued a statement Thursday saying that while it cannot comment on pending ligation regarding one of its franchise gyms, the company policy accommodates head coverings worn for religious purposes.

"At Planet Fitness, our policy is, and has always been, that members are allowed to wear head scarves for religious reasons in clubs," said a statement from McCall Gosselin, director of public relations.

The statement was made in response to a Journal story Thursday about a lawsuit alleging a Muslim woman member was unable to wear a head covering compliant with the Islamic faith.

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