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$25K Settlement in HIV Discrimination Case Against Plastic Surgeon


Jim Allen:

--- Quote ---The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois found that a plastic surgeon discriminated against a woman with HIV when he refused to perform a breast reduction surgery because of her HIV status. As a result, Midwest Plastic Surgery, in the Chicago suburb Hinsdale, will pay the woman $25,000 and train its employees in antidiscrimination policies.

“Physicians, tattoo artists and others should understand that individuals seeking medical treatment or other physical care should not be excluded based on HIV,” said John R. Lausch Jr. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, in a Justice Department statement. “These settlements should send a clear message that individuals living with HIV are entitled to the same services as everyone else.”
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