“We believe in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). We just don’t think the ADA was created to protect people who have Oxycodone and then drink to excess.”
Those were the words of Mike Caspino, lawyer for the Newport Beach, CA-based Balboa Bay Club, which is being sued by a man who was kicked out of the club for allegedly “assaulting an employee and an altercation in a club bar when police were called.”
After the incident, the man, Steve George, had his membership at the private club cancelled, and he was banned from the property.
The man, Steve George, claims his behavior was caused by “accidentally” mixing “painkillers and alcohol.” He also claims he is being treated unfairly compared with the club’s reaction to other members’ behavior, which he alleges includes groping, fights with staff, boating while intoxicated and public sex.
According to an article in The Daily Pilot, George’s drunkenness resulted in a verbal altercation with a club employee. Apparently George had a pattern of such incidents, and was effectively kicked out of the $15,000 a month luxury club.
George has now filed a 27-page complaint with the Orange County Superior Court. George’s lawyer, Brian McCormick, points to George’s broken arm as a disability, for which he needed to take painkillers. As such, the lawsuit claims the club violated George’s civil rights and the Americans With Disabilities Act by banning him.
Further, nearly a quarter of the document summited was essentially tattling as George laid “out allegations of escapades of club members who escaped punishment,” which included public sex, child neglect and arson.