PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 1, 2014) – A private health-care practice directed by the Lancaster County coroner was sued in federal court today on World AIDS Day by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania on behalf of a man who was denied treatment because he is HIV-positive.
The denial, communicated in a letter to the man from Stephen G. Diamantoni, M.D., & Associates Family Practice, applies to his wife and his daughter as well. Refusing to treat a person with a disability — in this case, HIV — is illegal under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The suit is filed on behalf of “Husband, Wife and Daughter Jones,” who are using pseudonyms because federal rules require that a minor child’s identity be protected in a lawsuit.
Baez named Deputy Managing Attorney
Juan first worked with us in 2009-2010 while a student at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. After graduating, he joined us as a staff attorney, specializing in consumer debt, tax, estate planning, social security disability and student loan cases.
He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In 2014, he graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law with a Masters in Law in Trial Advocacy.
Juan’s dedication, determination and enthusiasm have been great assets to the AIDS Law Project and we look forward to the additional contributions he will make as deputy managing attorney.
The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting Pennsylvanians living with HIV and AIDS.
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