A barman at a Brighton pub is leaving his job “with immediate effect” after he threw out a young disabled woman on Sunday evening (7 August).
The general manager of the Mash Tun said that a disability charity – run by people who use its services – would come and give training to staff at the Brighton pub.
And he repeated the apology given last night (Monday 8 August) after a Facebook post about the incident went viral.
The post was written by Jenny Skelton after her daughter Charlie, 19, crouched to the floor when she was startled by a sudden blast of loud music.
When a barman said that Charlie had to leave the pub, on the corner of Church Street and New Road, Jenny tried to explain that her daughter has a chromosome abnormality. But the barman – who claimed to be the licensee – told her that she had to leave the empty pub.
The Mash Tun’s general manager, Aaron Williams, known as Azzy, said: “We have now fully investigated what happened on Sunday evening at the Mash Tun.
“The staff member concerned and the management team have mutually agreed that that staff member is to leave the Mash Tun with immediate effect.
“What we understand was a decision based on an interpretation of the licensing laws and vulnerability was ill judged and has come across as discriminatory.
“It was a terrible mistake we are now attempting to correct so it does not happen again.
“Huge lessons have been learned and if anything positive can come out of it, we hope our mistake will help raise awareness of these issues.
“We have spoken to Enable Me which is a user-led charity in Sussex. They specialise in disability awareness training and will be coming to do a session with the whole team to help us in providing a better service. We have invited Jenny to join us on the session to help offer advice.
“We are doing everything we can to make amends for what has happened. This has truly been a devastating time for everyone involved.
“We ask people to understand there was no premeditation and malice in this incident and we hope we can help Jenny in raising awareness off the back of our truly regrettable mistake.
“Above all, Charlie – we’re sorry, we’re learning and you’re always welcome.”