Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Fuck The Bristol
Patron asked to move is suing the Bristol
Civil rights violated, disabled man says
A man with cerebral palsy is suing the Bristol Bar & Grille, alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was asked to change his seat because his voice was bothering other diners.
An attorney for Corey Nett, 28, filed a civil suit in Jefferson Circuit Court Sept. 6, claiming that the actions of the restaurant discriminated against him because of his disability, which causes him to have irregular speech and limited motor skills, according to the complaint.
"Corey wants to make sure this doesn't happen to another disabled person again," said Kevin Jaggers, the attorney.
Claims made in filing a lawsuit represent only one side of the case. Bristol management did not return calls seeking comment.
Nett's lawsuit claims that on Aug. 2, he went to the Bristol restaurant at 1321 Bardstown Road to have dinner with friends.
The lawsuit says that after Nett was seated a manager approached to tell him that his voice was bothering other guests and he needed to relocate to another part of the restaurant.
Nett's dinner companions responded that Nett could not control the way he talks, but the manager said it didn't matter and that the party would have to move or leave the restaurant, the suit said.
Nett and his party left.
The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages for Nett's emotional distress, humiliation and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages against the Bristol.
Reporter Jessie Halladay can be reached at (502) 582-4081.