The former Peloton instructor is now suing the company for $2 million and alleging that he was wrongfully terminated. So what happened? Keep reading to find out.
Peloton announced Daniel McKenna's departure on Oct. 3 — and now he is sharing his side of the story.
Despite the rockiness Peloton continues to face in the stock market and in its balance sheet, the company has managed to secure relatively low instructor turnover.
McKenna is the second instructor to leave this year, and his exit was confirmed in a Facebook group post on Oct. 3, stating, “Daniel McKenna is no longer a Peloton instructor. His classes will remain in our library for members to enjoy. We wish Daniel all the best in his next chapter.”
Now, McKenna is sharing his side of the story. According to the lawsuit he filed, McKenna is accusing Peloton of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, claiming he was "subject to a hostile work environment."
The lawsuit also names Peloton's Chief Content Officer Jennifer Cotter, which McKenna accuses of making "disparaging and denigrating remarks directed" to and "about" him — specifically involving Irish stereotypes — and she denied his request to be exempt from the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate since he had to undergo an "unexpected surgery."
Peloton offered Daniel McKenna a $130,000 severance package he denied.
Daniel McKenna was fired on September 12, 2022, on a Zoom call, and was offered a six-month severance package for $130,000. However, according to the lawsuit, he refused to accept "because Peloton held the misguided, unsubstantiated, and contractually illegal position that the termination was for cause."
McKenna is now suing for $500,000 for back pay and front pay, benefits, and pre and post-judgment interest — and he is also requesting $300,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.
Peloton has not responded to McKenna's allegations.
Peloton users are definitely on McKenna's side, flooding social media with messages of support.
"I’m here sending the love your way, you’re def a fav instructor of mine," one follower commented on his last Instagram post. Another added, "Where ever you go, the Irish Yanks will go!"
It is still unclear where exactly Daniel McKenna is headed after Peloton, but it looks like he has a loyal fan base that will follow him.