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Non-Drinking Designated Driver Kicked Out Of Bar.
He's Filing Discrimination Lawsuit
Florida Lawmaker Writes Bill To Ban Bars From Kicking Out Designated Drivers
(CBS4) PINELLAS PARK A Florida man is planning to file a discrimination lawsuit against a Pinellas Park bar, not because he drank too much but because he drank too little.
Gary Maujean was inside Claire’s Lounge with his wife and friends but he wasn’t drinking alcohol, only soda, because he was their designated driver.
He claims he was penalized for trying to do the right thing and says the owner and a bouncer threw him out of the bar for not drinking alcohol. His attorney said the bar's owner grabbed Maujean, slammed his head against a door and forced him out of the facility. Attorney Tom Carey said Maujean was injured and required more than a dozen stitches.
The bar tells a different story and claims he didn’t order anything at all.
Now the issue is taking on a life of it's own as Florida lawmakers are considering a bill regarding the matter.
Florida Senate Majority Whip Mike Fasano has written a bill which would ban bar owners from kicking out customers who don't drink because they're designated drivers. The legislation would also ban bar from refusing to serve customers based on such factors as their race, sex, religion, and nation origin.
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