Hospital Ordered to Pay Damages for Canceling Job Offer over HIV

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Sapporo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--A district court ordered a hospital operator in Sapporo, the capital of the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido, on Tuesday to pay 1.65 million yen in damages to a social welfare worker in his 30s for canceling its informal job offer for him over his failure to inform the operator about his infection with HIV.

Information about HIV infection is highly confidential, and risks of infection that are related to duties of social welfare workers are small enough to be ignored, Sapporo District Court Presiding Judge Takaaki Muto said.

"It cannot be said that the social welfare worker had an obligation to notify his infection" to the operator, the Hokkaido Shakai Jigyo Kyokai, or Hokkaido social project association, the judge said.

According to the ruling, the man applied for a social welfare worker job at a hospital in Hokkaido in December 2017. He obtained an informal job offer, without notifying the social welfare corporation of his HIV infection when he was asked during a job interview whether he has any chronic diseases.

The hospital later found that the man is infected with HIV, based on his medical charts that were compiled when he visited the hospital as a patient in the past. The hospital canceled the job offer on the grounds that he told a lie about his HIV infection. In the suit, the man sought 3.3 million yen in damages from the hospital operator.

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