Jeffrey Reimer claims the club suspended him based on an “off-hand comment” he made, which he says was the result of a traumatic brain injury he experienced that has altered aspects of his personality.
A man is suing Kuki’o Golf and Beach Club in Kailua-Koni, Hawaii for suspending his membership based on an “offhand comment” he made, which he claims was the result of a head injury suffered many years earlier, the Courthouse News Service reported.
Jeffrey Reimer says he paid more than $180,000 to join the club after buying a home and spare lot in the club’s subdivision. He additionally paid quarterly dues, which were $9,500 for the first quarter of 2012.
Reimer is seeking damages for breach of contract, Americans with Disabilities Act violations, breach of faith, defamation and intentional and negligent misrepresentation, the Courthouse News Service reported.
According to the complaint, Reimer experienced a traumatic brain injury years ago that results in his making off-hand comments that negatively impact his daily life and affect his personality. Reimer claims he made an off-hand comment to his therapist while at the club that was overheard by Melanie Aiona, whom Reimer is also suing.
“Aiona complained to the club’s management that Reimer had verbally assaulted her when Reimer was speaking to [his therapist], even though Reimer never talked to, or engaged in a conversation with, Aiona during the timeframe of [the] alleged incident,” the Courthouse News Service reported.
Reimer’s complaint notes that Aiona was involved in a lawsuit and arbitration involving a former club employee that led to that employee’s dismissal. “Aiona’s involvement in the arbitration has caused her to have unreasonable and unjustified sensitivities to statements she overhears from club members and guests,” the complaint continues. “Specifically, it is believed that Aiona unreasonably and unjustifiably believe that negative comments she overhears are about her because of the allegations against her arising from the arbitration and her role in [the employee’s] dismissal.”
Reimer received a letter from the club stating that Aiona suffered “severe distress” over his comment and that he would be suspended immediately. Reimer requested a formal hearing and the club demanded that he be supervised while on the premises, due to his disability. He claims club employees have defamed him and his family, the Courthouse News Service reported.