Monday, May 18th, 2015
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Department filed a lawsuit against the Springfield Medical Aesthetic (doing business as Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York) and Emmanuel O. Asare, M.D., a plastic surgeon practice and surgeon in that practice, alleging discrimination on the basis of disability. Advanced Cosmetic, which has offices in Manhattan and Long Island, and Dr. Asare are alleged to have unlawfully discriminated against a prospective patient on the basis of his disability by refusing to provide services to the patient, without even conducting a medical assessment of his conditiion, because the patient has HIV.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination by doctors. lawyers, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, private transportation providers, and other private businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide services to the public. All of these entities are prohibited from excluding individuals with disabilities from their services and programs because they have a serious medical condition, such as HIV.
To find out more about the ADA or this lawsuit,
call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD),
or access its ADA.gov website.
Article Credit: U.S. Department of Justice