Mr Aggarwal tells the Daily Mail he spent hours pouring over books at his local library, reading countless articles on discrimination and consulting previous such cases in preparation for his legal battle. His hard work paid off. Virgin Active has been ordered to apologise, pay him costs and compensation and train its staff on equality.
In May 2015, Mr Aggarwal was in a spin class at Virgin Active Stockley Park when he agreed with a fellow gym goer that the music being played was "unmotivating." That opinion apparently earned him the ire of the gym trainer, who "started shouting across the room" at Mr Aggarwal.
"I stayed quiet but it made me feel horrible. He singled me out even though I only agreed with someone else. I believe this is because of my autism," Mr Aggarwal tells the Daily Mail.
According to legal documents, when the class ended, the gym trainer "shouted" at Mr Aggarwal, even calling him "stupid" in front of 30 other people - not once, but twice.
"If I was that stupid I wouldn't have been able to successfully pursue the claim against a solicitor of a billion pound company. It was two years coming and it was hard work," says Mr Aggarwal.
"I'm not a legal professional and I had to do a huge amount of paperwork...It was worth it though. It wasn't about the money, it was about the principle," he adds.
Mr Aggarwal's legal victory is winning him lots of love on social media.
@tclementsuk thank you so much. I hope this inspires others to keep going no matter how far fetched their goals and targets may seem— ketan aggarwal (@ketanagg) March 27, 2017
@Mills1957Rita Yep! I'd love to hear Richard's view on it as he apparently has a learning disability too.— ketan aggarwal (@ketanagg) March 23, 2017
Respect to Ketan Aggarwal! Great example of how hard work pays off! This man has autism and still beat Virgin sols! https://t.co/VT5S329H0e— Simran Singh Sahota (@Sahota92) March 27, 2017
Virgin Active has been ordered to pay Mr Aggarwal 1,200 British pounds as compensation and costs of 190 pounds, in addition to a written apology.
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