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June 11, 2014

Georgia college settles discrimination suit

ATLANTA — A metro Atlanta college has reached a settlement with a former student who accused the school of discriminating against her because she’s HIV positive.

Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday that the settlement stems from a former Gwinnett College student being kicked out of the school’s medical assistant program because she was considered a safety risk to others.

Prosecutors say the woman had already been accepted to the program and completed a semester’s worth of courses when she was removed from the program.

Officials say Gwinnett College has agreed to remove questions about HIV and AIDS from applications, and train employees on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The school also agreed to pay the ex-student $23,000 for part of her student loans, emotional distress and pain and suffering.

 

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