Great Expressions Dental Centers Must Receive HIV Education
  • Petitioned Great Expressions Dental Centers

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Todd Gustke, Vice President HR
Great Expressions Dental Centers

Great Expressions Dental Centers Must Receive HIV Education

    1. Barbara Marcotte
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Marcotte

      Ypsilanti, MI

Previous petiton was eliminated due to threats of lawsuit to petitioner from Great Expressions Dental Centers:

http://www.change.org/petitions/great-expressions-dental-centers-must-apologize-for-harassing-and-firing-hiv-employee

 

As reported by journalist Todd Heywood through Poz magazine on December 8th.
http://www.poz.com/articles/detroit_hiv_lysol_401_21587.shtml

Allegedly, after being diagnosed with HIV, James White was banned from touching doorknobs, was followed around by coworkers with bottles of Lysol, and subjected to sudden and abrupt schedule changes. After complying with the schedule changes, he was written up for "unexcused absences."

After seven months of enduring this alleged unjustified discrimination, White fell ill and was hospitalized for a week. Great Expressions Dental allegedly called to terminate his employment the day before he was scheduled to return back to work.
White's lawyer, Nicole Thompson, has received the "right to sue" letter from the EEOC and is currently in the process of filing a lawsuit demanding compensatory and punitive damages of $140,000 and $45,000, respectively, and requiring the company to post notice of the agreement as well as providing training on HIV/AIDS and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Direct findings from the EEOC state:
"The Commission's investigation substantiates the Charging party's allegations that the Respondent organization subjected him to discriminatory discipline, that the Respondent organization denied Charging Party reasonable accommodation, and that the legitimate non-discriminatory reason offered for the Charging Party's discharge was untruthful (i.e. pretextual)."
This extreme case of HIV discrimination and gross violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act is unacceptable. Centers for Disease Control state that HIV/AIDS is not transmitted by casual contact. It is not transmitted by touching doorknobs or sharing counter space. We should expect and demand that all medical providers have this basic knowledge.

These acts were not ordered out of concern for public safety, but rather were sheer acts of fear and ignorance.

The situation that Mr. White endured is unacceptable. We demand the public apology and acknowledgment of this discrimination. Great Expressions Dental in Detroit must acknowledge discriminatory tactics and hindrance of employment equal opportunity and ADA violations.
We must fight for change. Mandate all Great Expressions Dental employees to receive a minimum of 8 hours of HIV Education per year. Workplace discrimination of any kind to any person is unacceptable.

 

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    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Still No Word From Great Expressions

      Barbara Marcotte
      Petition Organizer

      I hope that the employees of Great Expressions stop for a minute today and think about this: Anyone yes Anyone can get HIV. I am an HIV+ women for 22 years now. I am a widow, a sister, an aunt and a best friend. I am just like you. I live with this every day. How would it be if our world looked at everyone with an illness as a judgement of who they are? How would it be if you were judged for having an illness, if you were feared, if you were mocked if you were discriminated for having an illness? And how would it feal if your right to privacy was removed? If your life was an open book to your employer and then...to the world? Let's just stop and think...
      In hopes that people will someday love eachother enough to treat everyone humanely and with respect.
      Barb

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. REALLY???

      Barbara Marcotte
      Petition Organizer

      Days later, the company’s regional director called White into his office.

      “He said, ‘I hear you have AIDS,’” White says the doctor said to him. White says he explained that he was HIV positive, to which the doctor replied that there was no difference between HIV and AIDS. “He then said it was OK because I did not work in back with the patients.”

    5. Most Recent News

      Barbara Marcotte
      Petition Organizer

      We need a response!

    6. More Information

      Barbara Marcotte
      Petition Organizer

      Please pass the petition around. We need more people to be aware of this outrageous situation. We have not received a response from Great Expressions.

    7. Words from Great Expressions...

      Barbara Marcotte
      Petition Organizer

      Great Expressions deny discrimination claim despite EEOC findings...

    8. Reached 5,000 signatures

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    • Mary Sullivan STUART, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm an ex-employee of GEDC and I am not surprised by their actions as they are very unethical and "play by their own set of rules" regardless of what's right and wrong. They should be ashamed of themselves!

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    • Didem Guler NAPLES, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an extreme case of discrimination and insult, shouldn't be tolerated.

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      • over 2 years ago

      I support James White's right to an apology and damages for the appalling treatment by his company, Great Expressons Dental, and their employees.

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    • Andrea Adame OMAHA, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      Nobody should be discriminated bcause of race color health.. My mother was AIDS positive and we also went throught discrimination with our own family and thats just bcause they were ignorant..

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    • Dina Shturmanova BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it is cruel and disgusting what those people did to the man. No one should ever come through such hell. Shame on you, people. You should know better working in a medical establishment. And you should know better being a human.

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