Ousted Planet Fitness CEO Created Toxic Culture, Per Report
October 27, 2023
Recently ousted Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau is facing some out-of-this-world allegations from former employees who portray a “fitness employees gone wild” atmosphere that includes on-the-job drinking and weekend getaways bankrolled by a proverbial suitcase filled with thousands of dollars.
Rondeau was shocked by being shown the door by the popular fitness franchise mid September, telling Insider that he was “seriously blindsided” by the decision of the board of directors.
In the absence of detailed reasons as to why the board of directors sent Rondeau packing, six former Planet Fitness employees spoke.
A former employee depicted a workplace culture where drinking on the job was encouraged, citing events like “Fireball Fridays” and “Beers with Peers,” which would at times kick off early in the morning hours. The employee also alleged she was drugged and raped by her manager on a business trip and was then pressured into a relationship with her boss. The suit also claimed that Rondeau and another executive had intimate relationships with staff — allegations that they denied. Athletechnews