Class Claims Women’s Store Snooped on Them

     BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) – A Body Central women’s apparel store secretly, and illegally, videotapes women in dressing rooms, three customers claim in a class action.
     Lead plaintiff Trania Pawnell sued Body Central Stores in St. Clair County Court. Body Central is a nationwide women’s apparel chain.
     The women claim Body Central violated Illinois law by videotaping them while they tried on clothes in the store’s dressing room.
     “Without any kind of notice to plaintiffs herein, defendant unlawfully video recorded plaintiffs, and the class they seek to represent, while they were taking their clothes off in the changing rooms provided by defendant,” the complaint states.
     “At no time did plaintiffs or members of the class give consent to defendant to record and/or view them in the changing rooms using a video camera.”
     The class consists of all customers who were videotaped using the Body Central dressing rooms at the chain’s Fairview Heights, Ill. outlet since 2008.
     They seek an injunction and damages for unauthorized video recording and live video transmission and intrusion. The women are represented by David I. Cates of Cates Mahoney in Swansea, Ill.
     Body Central had no comment.

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