Big congrats to Robert and Nathan from Glasgow. They were refused access to a bar in Glasgow because of disability.
THEY TOOK THE CASE TO COURT AND WON
From the original tweets:
Robert: “Removed from the Polo Lounge, Glasgow tonight by POLICE because I am disabled. #outraged
Nathan: “Denied entry to Polo Lounge BECAUSE we are disabled. They sent two police vans to remove us. Their bouncer carried me out and left Robert crawling around the floor. Gutted.
Posted by Robert after winning the case from on facebook group:
"This was never about us. We didn’t do this for us. What happened that night has already had it’s impact on us and nothing can change that. We took this case in the hope that it would give people faith that discrimination law can work, that as disabled people we don’t just have to accept the treatment we receive. We took this case for that young LGBT disabled person whose first experience of trying to access their so called community is to be told that they’re not wanted. We took this case to show every company who thinks it can get away with treating disabled people like they are unworthy of using their services that they can’t. And today, a year after we tried to go for a celebratory drink in the Polo Lounge and were told we couldn’t go in, Glasgow Sheriff Court ruled that we were unlawfully discriminated against - we have won our case. We hope the fear of being litigated against and having to pay compensation will encourage other companies to be more proactive in providing for all their customers, including the disabled ones. Nathan and I know this won’t be the last time we’ll face discrimination. But for today, we won.
We are so incredibly grateful to the unwavering support that everyone has given us. Without the Faculty of Advocates’ Free Legal Assistance Unit, and our amazing lawyer Russell Bradley, we couldn’t have done this. Tom French, who was with us that night has stood by us all the way through and was an amazing witness. Rachel Amey was there in court to support us, help maintain our sanity, and even brought a pack of straws so I could have a drink! And Nic brought Brownies! Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been there for us this year.”