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January 20, 2010

U.S. Justice Department Settles HIV Discrimination Suit in Alabama

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit against Wales West RV Resort and Train and Garden Lovers Family Park in Silverhill, Alabama.

In its complaint, the department said the recreational vehicle (RV) resort violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when it banned an HIV-positive child, POZ cover boy Caleb Glover, from using the park’s swimming pools and showers after learning his status. The resort will pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the United States and $36,000 to the family.

“Ensuring that individuals with disabilities are not subjected to discriminatory, stigmatizing treatment based on unfounded fears and stereotypes is critically important,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s Civil Rights Division. “The ADA protects individuals with HIV and other disabilities from this kind of discrimination.”

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