“An Australian restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his seeing-eye dog was ‘gay’ has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation.
Ian Jolly was told he could not take guide dog Nudge into Adelaide’s Thai Spice last May because a member of staff objected, The Sunday Mail reported.
The restaurant’s owners said a misunderstanding had arisen between Jolly’s female companion and a waiter who understood the woman ‘to be saying she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant’.
‘The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog,’ the owners said in a statement to South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Tribunal.
The tribunal on Friday ordered the restaurant to pay Jolly 1,500 dollars (1,400 US) and offer him a written apology for discriminating against him on the grounds of disability.
The restaurant, which displays a ‘guide dogs welcome’ sign, refused to comment to the newspaper and was unavailable to respond on Sunday.”
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