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DOJ, company settle HIV discrimination case




 

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - The Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with Barix Clinics that resolves allegations the bariatric treatment facility operator discriminated against two men because they have HIV.

In a statement Friday, the DOJ says one patient had his weight-loss procedure canceled at a Barix Clinics facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., while the other was denied the surgery at a clinic in Langhorne, Pa.

As part of the settlement, Barix Clinics must pay $20,000 to the Pennsylvania patient, $15,000 to the Michigan man and a $10,000 civil penalty. The company also must train its staff on the Americans with Disabilities Act and develop an anti-discrimination policy.

Detroit-based U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says "blanket exclusions of patients with HIV are misguided and illegal."

A message seeking comment was left with Barix Clinics.



 


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Information in this article was accurate in July 26, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.