This settlement agreement constitutes the resolution of a complaint filed with the United States Department of Justice, according to which Glenbeigh, a hospital that provides addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services, refused to treat an individual based on his HIV and HIV-related medical conditions. The settlement agreement states that an individual with HIV has a disability within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, as such, Glenbeigh was prohibited from discriminating against such individuals based on this disability. Under the terms of the agreement, Glenbeigh may not refuse to treat a potential client on the grounds that she/he poses a threat to the health or safety of others without first performing an individualized assessment as required by federal law. Further, Glenbeigh must take several corrective steps, such as drafting and posting a non-discrimination policy, providing training on the ADA to employees, and revising training manuals and written materials regarding the company’s policies and practices. Finally, Glenbeigh must pay $32,500 compensatory damages to the aggrieved individual, as well as a $5,000 civil penalty.
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