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Okemos Rite Aid Settles After Refusing Flu Shot To HIV+ Man

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OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) - The United States Justice Department has reached a settlement with a mid-Michigan Rite Aid after they refused to give an HIV positive man a flu shot.

The department ruled the drug store violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to a release, the pharmacist had surgical gloves, but told the customer she needed "special gloves" to give him a flu shot and he should return after they were in.

"Erecting unfair and discriminatory barriers to medical care for people with HIV is unacceptable," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division in a press release.

Under the settlement, Rite Aid must pay $10,000 to the man and $5,000 in civil penalties. They must also have to train staff on requirements of the ADA and implement an anti-discrimination policy.

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