Kayla Hanna was attending a Red Hot Chilli Peppers gig in Belfast in 2016 when the incident took place.
The concert-goer who suffers from type 1 diabetes has been awarded £2,000 after her fizzy drink was confiscated by security before the show.
The student always carries Lucozade to control her blood sugar levels, however Eventsec Ltd staff took the drink despite Hanna’s efforts to show them her diabetes tattoo and insulin kit.
A Belfast judge has now ruled in her favour, saying the incident was discrimination and awarded her the £2,000 payout.
Kayla was 18 at the time of the incident, she told the BBC of her ordeal:
“I told her [ the security guard] of my condition and showed her the tattoos on my wrist which indicate I have diabetes,
She said that ‘anyone could have that’ so I also showed her my insulin pack and the meter used to check my levels.
She consulted with another guard and they insisted that they had a strict policy and they would not allow me to bring the drink inside.”
Belfast student Kayla Hanna, who has type 1 diabetes, has been awarded £2,000 by Belfast County Court after security personnel employed by Eventsec Ltd confiscated a bottle of Lucozade from her at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. Read the press release: https://t.co/W9PGAxVJm6 pic.twitter.com/nNJ62PSBBs
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The case was taken to court under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, with Ms Hanna backed by The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
“I really hope that now this issue has been brought to light it won’t happen again to me or other people who live with diabetes”.
Responding to the verdict, Mary Kitson from The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland said:
“These are the kind of circumstances in which the reasonable adjustment provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act can be most beneficial.”
A spokesperson from Eventsec said they were “disappointed” by the verdict and stated ”The facts surrounding this case were an isolated incident”.