Castlewood Treatment Center can’t keep themselves out of legal trouble. If it’s not patient malpractice suits, it’s discrimination.
Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights
Anthony Rothert and Grant Doty
Missouri Clinic Reaches Settlement with Woman Denied Services Due to Her HIV Status
ST. LOUIS –On Feb. 6, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with an eating disorders treatment center that turned a Missouri woman away in 2011 because she is HIV-positive. Under the settlement, the Castlewood Treatment Center, LLC must pay $115,000 to the complainant Sue Gibson and $25,000 to the United States in civil penalties, develop and implement an anti-discrimination policy, and train its staff on the ADA.
For nearly six months, Sue Gibson was led by Castlewood staff to believe that she was on a waiting list for the treatment program, only to be told in May 2011 that she had been rejected solely because of her HIV-positive status. At that point, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri wrote to Castlewood demanding that it cease discriminating against Gibson and admit her to its program.
Full Story http://www.aclu-em.org/legal/legaldocket/currentcases/gibsonvcastlewoodtreatment.htm
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