Residential care facility settles employment discrimination case with HIV-positive CNA

A northeastern Pennsylvania residential care facility has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle an employment discrimination claim on behalf of a certified nursing assistant who was fired shortly after his employer learned he is living with HIV.

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Federal lawsuit: Aetna’s envelope revealed HIV information of 12,000 customers in 23 states

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 28, 2017) – A 52-year-old Bucks County man, whose sister learned from an unopened large-window envelope that arrived in their mail that he was taking HIV medications, is the lead plaintiff in a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna contending the insurer’s mailing violated the law by revealing HIV information of approximately 12,000 customers in at least 23 states.

The lawsuit, filed August 28, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, says information about HIV medication was clearly visible through the large window of the Aetna envelope, revealing the highly confidential matter to family, roommates, friends, neighbors, landlords, mail carriers, and even complete strangers. It demands that Aetna cease the practice, reform procedures, and pay damages.

Copy of redacted envelope received by an Aetna customer

Copy of redacted envelope received by an Aetna customer

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And for your summer reading pleasure, here’s our latest issue of Good Counsel

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All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania (May 2017)
All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of statewide advocates seeking to reform HIV Criminalization.

All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of statewide advocates seeking to reform HIV Criminalization.

HIV Criminalization undercuts important public health initiatives by ignoring actual transmission risk, exacerbating stigma, and devaluing the importance of personal responsibility in HIV prevention. Criminalization makes it more difficult for those who have been diagnosed with HIV to disclose their HIV status to partners or to access and stay in care. In short, it’s all pain and no gain.

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