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Train guard discriminates against disabled passenger

Geoff Holt, a quadriplegic who holds a number of sailing records and is a pioneer for disabled rights, has claimed that he was discriminated against as he tried to board a train.

Holt was told by a guard on the train in the Isle of Wight that his electric wheelchair would damage the floor of the train. He also claims that when putting the ramp in for Holt to get on board, the guard cut Holt’s leg and implied that he was faking his disability.

Discrimination lawyer Graeme Swain of Swain & Co. comments, “Swain & Co. is pleased to see that South West Trains are taking this seriously and have suspended the employee while they investigate. Discrimination cannot be tolerated in society, and these events leave the victim feeling humiliated and publicly degraded.”

Ensuring that our clients’ human rights are upheld is at the very heart of the work that Swain & Co. Solicitors does. There is no area of law that we practice which cannot be said to have a Human Rights element, including Public Law, Medical negligence, Prison Law, Judicial Review and Discrimination.

If you think your Human Rights have been breached, do not hesitate to contact us now. Areas relevant to Human Rights issues include:

  • Prisoners rights
  • Provision of medical treatment
  • Detention under the Mental Health Act
  • Right to family life
  • Local Authority cutbacks
  • Closure of care homes
  • Inhuman and degrading treatment

Swain & Co hold specialist Legal Aid contracts in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Community Care, Public Law, Actions against Police and many others.

Contact Swain & Co. by calling Graeme Swain or Tina Smith on 02392 483322 (Havant/Portsmouth); Melanie Lidstone-Land on 02380 631111 (Southampton); Helen Thompson on 0208 6929100 (London); Tom Battarbee or Sara-Jayne Pritt on 0151 2552286 (Liverpool).

Source: The News, Havant and Waterlooville, 02.04.12

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