Liversedge wheelchair racer wins £3,000 compenstation after being banned from Leeds bar
Oct 9 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A WHEELCHAIR racing champion was wrongly banned from a Leeds bar because he was a ‘fire hazard.’
Paul Cartwright from Liversedge was denied entry into the OK Karaoke bar in Leeds because it had no disabled access.
Mr Cartwright, 42, from Littletown, demanded to see the manager and was told he would not be let in as he would create a fire risk that was not covered on their insurance.
Mr Cartwright, who is also the UK Disabled Powerlifting Champion, sued the bar for breaching the Disability Discrimination Act.
Last Thursday at Leeds County Court he won £3,000 compensation for hurt feelings, the way he was treated on the night and the effect it has had on him since then.
He said: “This had nothing to do with money. I wanted to have my say, to tell the judge how upset and embarrassed I felt at being told I was a potential fire hazard.
“Disabled people don’t look for special treatment. We want to live our day-to-day lives just like anyone else.”
Stephen Hawkins, a director of the firm that owns OK Karaoke, apologised to Mr Cartwright. Mr Hawkins said he had owned properties in Leeds for 20 years and all his other businesses had disabled access.