Former SoulCycle Executive Sues for Pregnancy Discrimination

Complaint accuses then-CEO Melanie Whelan of saying "paternity leave is for pussies" to a male svp

SoulCycle faces a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Getty Images

SoulCycle, the cult stationary cycling phenomenon that swept the nation in the late-2000s, has always preached a mission of bringing “soul” to all people. When the company faced backlash in August 2019 after consumers discovered that investor Stephen Ross was planning a major fundraiser for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, parent company Equinox Group released a joint statement with SoulCycle reaffirming its adherence to “tolerance and equality.” 

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