Paraplegic dancer sues over wheelchair dance floor ban
A disabled British dancer is suing after he was banned from an event at a London hotel over claims his wheelchair damaged the dance floor.
Fred Walden is suing Jive Addiction Ltd for discrimination under the Equality Act, after being told to stop dancing by a member of the company's staff because his wheelchair was causing harm to the floorboards.
The company claims its policy, which bans anyone using an object that damages the dance floor, is not discriminatory.
But the 54-year-old claims his chair is fitted with special sports tyres that don't leave marks, something he says he made very clear when he was asked to leave.
Mr Walden, who lives in Oxford, has been a paraplegic since an accident in 1984. Before that, he had been a keen disco and Northern Soul dancer.
Mr Walden was at a dance event and competition organised by Jive Addiction Limited in a west London hotel when he was told to stop dancing by a member of the company's staff because his wheelchair was damaging the floor.