In response to a complaint filed by an HIV-positive individual alleging that she was denied services by a medical weight loss clinic, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened and negotiated this settlement agreement. The complaint alleged that the plaintiff was denied services on the basis of her disability (HIV infection) in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement provides for both individual and injunctive relief, including a requirement that the clinic not implement eligibility criteria intended to screen out individuals with disabilities. The clinic must also adopt and publicly post a non-discrimination policy at all of its locations throughout the state, and provide training for all of its employees on the ADA and its requirements, including as it pertains to individuals with HIV. Lastly, the clinic will submit a letter to DOJ on an annual basis confirming its compliance with the terms of the agreement.
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