A Self-Taught Law ‘Stupid’ Sued Richard Branson’s Virgin Active Gym
A Brit-Indian Autistic man named Ketan Agarwal has done something that no one can think of. As per Daily Mail Report in May 2015 he was attending his spin class in Virgin Active Gym at his residential town South Hall, London. The incident took place when he was doing his class and realize that the music is bit slowly for the exercise and the same thing was felt by the cyclist nearby him. When Ketan said this to the Trainer he humiliated him and called ‘Stupid’ two time on microphone in front of the entire class. Ketan took action against it and went to the administration authority but that was just a plea in deaf ears.
At that point he decided to sue this system and the Virgin Active Gym that is a part of Virgin group by Richard Branson. He borrowed Law Books from library and took time to gather information related to representing himself in court against this kind of big fishes of corporate world. He made case of Discrimination and Disability Harassment after learning law for 2 year. This 30 year boy proved that nothing is impossible in this world.
“If I was that stupid I wouldn't have been able to successfully pursue the claim. It was two years coming and it was hard work. I'm not a legal professional and I had to do a huge amount of paperwork. I had to live in the library, picking up law from the books, and getting templates for submitting paperwork from the internet. It was worth it, though. It wasn't about the money, it was about the principle.”
As the result come out the court ordered Virgin Active to pay £1,200, as well as costs of £190, to give a written apology to Ketan and also ordered to train their staff.Ketan also said:
“When someone discriminates against someone with a mental disability, they don't think they are going to pick up law, submit a legal claim, and then successfully argue it in a court of law.” by Daily Mail.Also according to Daily Mail, a spokesperson from Virgin Active said:
We believe in offering a welcoming, inclusive, and friendly environment for our members. We are very sorry that on this occasion we failed to do that, and are committed to reviewing our ongoing training to ensure the experience for all members is of the highest quality.
For getting all this he had to ‘live in the library’ and learn how to submit paperwork from the internet. Sometime it is not about the money, it is about morals, values and principles you live with and when these values or principals are shattered, you do anything to take every piece back together.
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