DOJ Investigating Alabama Resort After Manager Prohibits HIV-Positive Child From Using Pool, Restrooms
May 21, 2008
The Department of Justice is investigating Wales West RV Resort in Silverhill, Ala., in preparation for a possible discrimination lawsuit after a manager at the facility prohibited an HIV-positive child from using the facility's swimming pool and restrooms in July 2007, the Birmingham Press-Register reports (Bean, Birmingham Press-Register, 5/19).
Ken Zadnichek, who owns Wales West, has said the facility asked for a letter from a doctor or health department as a safety measure to ensure the child could not transmit HIV to others. The facility later issued a refund to the Glovers. Zadnichek on Friday declined to comment further, the Press-Register reports.
Silvia Glover said she believes DOJ's involvement in the case could lead to HIV education and awareness training for Wales West employees and new guidelines outlining the rights of HIV-positive people to use public facilities.
According to the Press-Register, Wales West in September 2007 hosted a "family reunion," sponsored by the Campaign to End AIDS, for people living with HIV/AIDS (Birmingham Press-Register, 5/19).
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