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November 20, 2013

Prudential, KPMG Sued for HIV Disability Discrimination

A civil lawsuit alleges HIV discrimination, as well as international privacy violations, by the Prudential Insurance Company of America and KPMG, which is a global firm that provides audit and tax services. Tim Rease, a former senior manager at KPMG, was taken off his Prudential insurance benefits because of a disagreement about his disability status. Both companies have repeatedly attempted to overturn a 2003 legal precedent, which required them to provide long-term disability benefits to Rease after he was diagnosed with HIV-related cognitive complications in 2000. According to court records, Prudential has withheld his disability benefits since 2010, claiming Rease is not “totally disabled” and still able to perform the duties of his occupation, and alleging that he has a psychiatric somatoform condition without a medical diagnosis. Rease, who is considered disabled under the Social Security Act, also alleges that defendants were involved in illegally conducting covert surveillance operations on his apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he is currently living as a temporary resident.

To read the lawsuit, click here.

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Tim, Amsterdam, 2013-11-26 07:30:52
Hi Blaine - I agree in general however the issues here are not the working part but the performance of their duties in administering the situation, the illegal conduct and how they did it. Since 2008, HIV neurologist have known that many HIV infected can have a cognitive/neurological impact. Very similar in context if a judge had alzheimers. I dont think anyone would want a judge to preside over their legal case if the judge had memory or judgement problems.

hardtopftl, ft lauderdale, 2013-11-22 11:22:39
Prudential did the exact same thing to me when I tried to go on disability, including the investigator watching my house and following me to my attorney's.

Blaine, Los Angeles, 2013-11-21 13:39:20
Very interesting story, I read the law suit too. What's most disturbing is reading about the illegal international survalence they did on this guy. However, going froward LETS GET REAL PEOPLE! HIV is no longer a death sentence, in fact it's not really a physical disability especially to newly infected persons who go on ART and stay on their medication (there are RARE exceptions) MY HIV does not disable from working physically or mentally and this is why Giliad GSK ViiV get paid the big bucks!

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