Hospital Sued for Canceling Job Offer for Person with AIDS

Society

Sapporo, July 13 (Jiji Press)--A social worker in his 30s sued on Friday a hospital operator in Sapporo over its withdrawal of a job offer on the grounds that the man failed to inform in advance that he was HIV-positive.

In the lawsuit filed with Sapporo District Court in the capital of Hokkaido, he demands that the defendant, Hokkaido Shakaijikyo Kyokai, pay 3.3 million yen in damages.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff applied for the position of social worker at a hospital run by the social welfare corporation in December and received a job offer.

The hospital, however, discovered that he was HIV-positive from clinical records. The person denied he was HIV-positive when confronted by the hospital. The hospital then withdrew the job offer, claiming that he had lied.

"The biggest issue here is that the hospital has looked at my clinical records without permission," the plaintiff told a press conference.

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