Situation 2: Unwanted Attention
Ben S. signs up for a club membership with the intention of meeting women. He thinks that joining a yoga class is the best way to do so. He positions his mat behind a group of young women, and, as the class begins, starts commenting on the tightness of their clothing and how good it looks. The women tell him to stop, but he continues with the comments.
Question: Does the club have a responsibility to confront a male member who makes female members feel uncomfortable?
Answer: Yes, it does. In this instance, the individual is extending sexual attention to members who don’t welcome it, which constitutes harassment. The club can be held responsible if staff knew about the situation and took no action to remedy it.
As a club operator, you’re obliged to protect both your staff and other members. Issue a written warning to the offender, and makes it clear that, if the behavior continues, you may terminate his membership.
Situation 3: Refusing to Sign a Contract
Faith B. is very interested in becoming a member of your club. However, she explains that she doesn’t want to sign a membership contract, and wonders if it’s possible to join without doing so.
Question: Is there any obligation to let a person become a member if they refuse to sign a membership contract?
Answer: No. A membership contract constitutes an agreement between two parties and outlines the responsibilities of each within the document. Without having this written permission, an individual generally doesn’t have the right to enjoy all of the benefits associated with membership.