Basalt man sues Aspen coffee shop owner

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A Basalt man filed a complaint against Zele Colorado Corp. claiming the company failed to provide him with health insurance.

Michael Hayslip alleges he was offered a job as kitchen manager for the Zele Cafe in Aspen on Nov. 24, 2008.

“As part of his compensation package, health insurance was to be provided after a period of sixty days of continued employment,” according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Pitkin County District Court.

He was also to be provided a discounted Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus pass.

On Jan. 24, Hayslip claims he talked to someone at the Zele Colorado Corp, and was “advised that an application for insurance had been made and was ready for approval.”

Less than one month later, on March 21, he suffered a “serious skiing accident,” in which he was injured. Hayslip claims he “sustained medical expenses and will continue to have medical expenses and expenses for physical therapy.”

Furthermore, because of his lack of insurance, Hayslip said he was “unable to obtain the treatment necessary to allow him to return to work.” Therefore he has “lost income and will continue to lose income until he has completed treatment and able to return to work.”

He is asking for, among other things, damages for past and future medical expenses, and past and future income. Hayslip also demanded a jury trial.

Zele Cafe closed last month.