A disabled student claims she has suffered discrimination in Canterbury’s biggest nightclub.
20-year-old law student Dana Johnston claimed she was discriminated against because of her disability in Club Chemistry.
She said: “I went there (Club Chemistry) for a night out and they told me because of my disability I was a health and safety risk”.
Miss Johnston was asked to fill out an evacuation plan form and told to stay on the ground floor in the three story club.
She said: “I used the disabled toilet which is on bottom floor, and staff got me to fill out an evacuation plan form. They told me I would need to stay on the bottom floor, but I had booked a VIP booth on the top floor.”
“I know I am able enough to get up the stairs so my friends held my frame and assisted me as I went up to top floor. When I got up there, I was approached by a member of security who told me I had to go back down to the bottom floor.”
“I think it’s unfair because I know what I am capable of doing and I have to pay the same amount for entry as able-bodied people, despite only being able to go on one floor out of three. I just think they need to install a lift like the nightclubs Tokyo Team Rooms and Venue have because otherwise disabled people aren’t getting the same experience.”
Matthew Jones-Roberts, owner of Club Chemistry responded to the claims. He said: “It was deemed that due to the mobility issues the stairs could create an issue for safe evacuation and advice was given that the guest should stay on bottom floor which has all the facilities provided on the other floors and in addition an accessible toilet. By staff accounts no information was given that their friends were on top floor or that they were part of a table on top floor.”
This comes after damming reviews were posted to Trip Advisor where other customers claim they have had similar experiences in the same club.
The club’s page hit back saying: “We have regular customers who have a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy who visit us regularly and as a company we are proud to offer the only regular disability club night in Kent.”
Miss Johnston, who also has cerebral palsy, has said staff need to be more considerate and more needs to be done to cater to disabilities.