FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit and consent decree against Pain Management P.C. of South Bend, Indiana, that resolves allegations the health care provider refused treatment to an HIV-positive individual.
The individual allegedly asked for interventional pain management treatment from Dr. Joseph Glazier, but was turned away “due to [his] condition of being HIV positive.” Alleged actions like this violate Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“The Justice Department is committed to eradicating discrimination resulting from the unfounded fear and dangerous stereotype that someone with HIV would pose a threat to a medical provider,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said. “Discrimination by those in the medical profession breaks a trust critical to ensuring access to appropriate treatment for all.”
Pain Management P.C. has been mandated to pay $20,000 to the complainant and $10,000 in civil penalties to the federal government, as well as develop a non-discrimination policy.