Legal Highlights

Legal Highlights

2015 September

  • A Montgomery County hospital agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a claim on behalf of our client who said she was denied bariatric surgery because she is HIV positive.

July

  • The AIDS Law Project negotiated a settlement with a physical rehabilitation center on behalf of a woman who was denied access to the paraffin wax treatment because she has HIV. The rehab agreed to compensate the client, but changed its standards to require all patients to wear gloves for the paraffin wax treatment.
  • May

    • The AIDS Law Project negotiated a settlement on behalf of HIV-positive man and his HIV-negative wife and child who were dismissed from a medical practice because of the man’s HIV. The practice financially compensated the family and agreed to provide mandatory-attendance training for all staff.
    2014

    October

    • The AIDS Law Project negotiated a settlement on behalf of a man who was fired from job at a residential facility for troubled youth when his employer found out he has HIV. He got his job, back pay and compensatory damages.

    September

    • The AIDS Law Project settled a case on behalf of a hospital patient with HIV who was recovering from surgery when his doctor disclosed his status to a visitor.
    2013 May

    • The AIDS Law Project negotiates a settlement in the case of a national health care staffing firm that took back a job offer from an HIV-positive nursing assistant after learning he has HIV. In addition, the firm agrees to change its hiring policies.
    2012
    • The AIDS Law Project negotiates a settlement in the case of a national health care staffing firm that took back a job offer from an HIV-positive nursing assistant after learning he has HIV. In addition, the firm agrees to change its hiring policies.
    • A 14-year-old and his mother, both our clients, receive $700,000 from the Milton Hershey School in a federal AIDS-discrimination lawsuit settlement after the school refused to admit him solely because he has HIV.
    2011
    • The AIDS Law Project persuades the state of PA to revise regulations on occupational and professional licensing to protect workers and job applicants that have HIV.
    • We win a settlement for an HIV-positive single mother of four fired from her job at a snack-food manufacturer after her supervisors found out her status.
    2010
    • The AIDS Law Project wins another liver-transplant case for a client with HIV who had been denied by Medicare.
    • We won more than $60,000 for a client who had been wrongfully kicked out of a personal care home because she has HIV.
    • Our work resulted in a financial services company being ordered to pay retirement money of a deceased doctor to his longtime partner, as he had intended, instead of his ex-wife, from whom he had been divorced for 25 years.
    2009
    • After our policy work, Pennsylvania decides to allow pharmacy sales of hypodermic needles and syringes without a prescription in an effort to help reduce the spread of HIV and of hepatitis C.
    • Life Partners settles the M. Smith lawsuit for $250,000, allowing her to arrange for her own health insurance.
    • We “clear the path” for domestic partners to take advantage of a Philadelphia law exempting city tax on property transfers.
    2008
    • The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania negotiates another settlement in the unlawful firing of a food-service worker who has HIV.
    2006
    • The case of M. Smith v. Life Partners draws international media attention to the work of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The company had threatened to stop paying the client’s health insurance premiums.
    • We persuade Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs not to enforce regulations that conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) preventing people with HIV/AIDS from working in a number of fields, including barbering and cosmetology.
    • The AIDS Law Project settles a major ADA suit against the City of Philadelphia Emergency Medical Technicians, in which the City agrees to pay significant damages to the client, adhere to a nondiscrimination policy and train all personnel on infection control and HIV/AIDS transmission.
    2004
    • The AIDS Law Project wins a liver transplant for an Altoona man for whom Medicaid denied coverage. HIV is removed from the state’s list of “life-limiting conditions” as a result.
    2003
    • The AIDS Law Project wins a financial settlement from a dentist who refused to treat a man with AIDS.
    2002
    • Names-based HIV reporting begins in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is exempted.
    • The AIDS Law Project sues a bus company whose driver attempted to deny service to a group of HIV-activists traveling to a rally in Harrisburg.
    2001
    • The AIDS Law Project fights name-based HIV test reports.
    • Client: A North Philadelphia man with AIDS, refused access to a bus because the driver doesn’t believe he is disabled, is financially compensated and the bus company adopts an anti-discrimination policy.
    • Client: An HIV-positive Peruvian man living in South Philadelphia is granted asylum in the United States, sparing him deportation to an antagonistic regime.
    1999
    • The Pennsylvania Legislature adopts the Standby Guardianship Law, proposed and drafted by the AIDS Law Project’s Parents with HIV/AIDS Project.
    • The AIDS Law Project negotiates a financial settlement for a Delaware County man who was fired from his job, after his partner was diagnosed with AIDS.
    1997
    • The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania initiated the South Jersey HIV Law Project in collaboration with the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey, serving over 100 clients in its firest year.
    • The AIDS Law Project created a comprehensive manual and two-day training for case managers and social workers on “Public Benefits Advocacy for People with HIV/AIDS” (in collaboration with Community Legal Services).
    • The capacity of the Parents with HIV Project was increased to a staff of three attorneys and a half-time paralegal.
    • The AIDS Law Project created a monthly “Back to Work” seminar for people living with HIV/AIDS who are considering returning to work from disability because of improved health.
    • The AIDS Law Project co-created the HIV and Immigration Working Group with the GALAEI Project and produced a workshop on HIV and immigration.
    • The AIDS Law Project drafted and worked toward passage of a Standby Guardian Law by the Pennsylvania legislators to provide a law to allow terminally ill parents to plan for the future care of their children.
    1995
    • The AIDS Law Project sues the 12th Street Gym for AIDS discrimination.
    • Our case, Doe v. Rite Aid/SEPTA, raises questions about the confidentiality of employee health and prescription information.
    1994
    • An AIDS discrimination case brought by the AIDS Law Project with the Justice Department against Philadelphia emergency medical technicians results in the first consent decree under the ADA.
    1993
    • The Philadelphia District EEOC Office finds that limiting health insurance coverage based on HIV/AIDS violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    1990
    • The AIDS Law Project files suit against a dentist who refuses to treat patients with HIV/AIDS.
    1989
    • The AIDS Law Project files suit against a funeral home that allows a family to mourn over an empty coffin.
    1988
    • The AIDS Law Project brings suits against Pennsylvania physicians for secret HIV testing.

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