Co-Workers Spray HIV-Positive Man With Lysol
Almost 35,000 people are supporting a Change.org petition calling on the Great Expressions Dental Center in Michigan to apologize for how it treated HIV-positive employee James White. When White's supervisors learned of his status, they informed fellow coworkers, who proceeded to spray him with Lysol, prohibit him from touching doorknobs, and wipe down furniture and equipment after he used it. When White spent some time in the hospital, the Dental Center told him not to return to work. A study released this past July found that public understanding of HIV has not improved in 20 years.
"A study released this past July found that public understanding of HIV has not improved in 20 years."
I am not surprised, sadly.
He should sue.
An apology? I only hope that Mr. White soon owns the Great Expressions Dental Center, and the homes of his Lysol-wielding co-workers, and those of the owners of the practice.
One would think that people who work in a medical related field would be better informed. Do they also send patients home after oral surgery and tell them, "should it become too bad, place a knife under your bed and it will cut the pain in two." ?
Great Expressions Dental Center Practice Support (Corporate Office)
What possible reason is there for him NOT to sue? And why haven't those involved been arrested for assault?
I wonder how many emails Amber Valko is going to get today, R5. I don't mean from DLers, but from people in general who read this story and want to tell Great Expressions what shitheads they are.
Also - what happened to protection of private medical information? Not only was he openly discriminated against, but someone also disclosed his medical information. That doesn't say much for a medical clinic. You wonder what else they might disclose about workers or patients.
Great Expressions Dental Centers spokesman Michael Galperin said the company does not discuss current or former employees and declined further comment on the case.
R8 That translates to: We fucked up, we know we fucked up. We are screwed and if we say anything more we will be screwed even harder.
I emailed her, will post a response if I get one.
Sorry, I'm one of those "crazy Ron Paul guys" but this is such a gross violation I hope that he sues them for millions.
The Lysol sprayers should be charged with assault at the very least.
Jesus Christ! What year is this? Hard to believe this kind of ignorance and ugliness still exists in a *dental center* today.
He has no case. Madonna is treated the same way when others come in contact with her.
Feel free to blog up at the newspaper. A lot of yokels up there are supporting the dentist's office. They need a dose of DL education with regards too HIV.
Well, why didn't someone let us know that a cure for AIDS was sitting right there on aisle 12?!
Lysol?? No, no, no, NO! Windex! Put some Windex!
Major lawsuit material.
This is crazy. That poor man.
I will virtual kick ass all those goons.
what a shame. in this day and age of information on HIV & AIDS. hang in there Mr. White.
Start writing. Keep writing. Spread the story. This is the shit we have to worry about before we start caring if Jessica Simpson's legs are fat.
Cheryl's co-workers spray her with Febreze all the time. What's the big deal?
How did his employers find out that he was HIV positive and why in the hell did they feel it necessary to tell other employees?
Something seems wrong with this story because he must have known why he was being sprayed down with Lysol and asked to not touch doorknobs, so why not co front them right then or call the cops?
I really hope we get some more info to fill in the blanks, but really this poor man must have been a gentle soul, I would have shoved that can of Lysol down their throats, licked the doorknobs and acted like an asshole had my coworkers treated me like that.
Fuck those people. Sue this shit out of them. Destroy that asshole dentist's life. That's what I would do. I would make it my life's mission to ensure this asshole's life ends miserably.
Dentists are prone to commit suicide. So here's hoping.
Why should we be subjected to diseased whores in the workplace?
what does Gay stand for? Got Aids Yet?
Immigrant co-workers from third rate countries...
This is the specific Great Expressions site where he worked.
2041 15 Mile Rd Sterling Heights, MI 48310
They'd love to have people "set up an appointment," and the request form offers a nice space to provide comments.
On a completely different topic, did you know that any combination of numbers fills in a telephone space in a form, and that any combination of letters and an "at" symbol before a "com" provides a dummy email address?
Disgusting beyond belief, these people. Detroit and Michigan. One can picture the circumstances and how it played out.
So, who's going to be the first to spam their FB page?
You can be fired for being gay from your job in America. It's legal. What's he going to do? Sue over being sprayed with Lysol? He can't do anything thanks to the great ol US of A!
[italic]How did his employers find out that he was HIV positive and why in the hell did they feel it necessary to tell other employees? Something seems wrong with this story because he must have known why he was being sprayed down with Lysol and asked to not touch doorknobs, so why not co front them right then or call the cops? I really hope we get some more info to fill in the blanks, but really this poor man must have been a gentle soul, I would have shoved that can of Lysol down their throats, licked the doorknobs and acted like an asshole had my coworkers treated me like that.[/italic]
Sorry, but it really is that simple, hon. This happens every day.
No blanks to fill in. Trust me.
If he told his employer and the employer told his coworkers then he has grounds for a lawsuit.
They've disabled messaging on their fb page.
You can comment on their posts, R36.
I'm glad more folks are finding out about this shocking story. Some who work in Human Resources are very unprofessional and will tell a "friend" at work personal & confidental info to other co-workers (in their work circle.) I've been in that hot seat & it hurts. It would surprise lots of people to know their work file information isn't always looked after in a professional manner (no matter where you work.) I feel for Mr. White. Clearly they felt they could get away with spraying him with lysol since that's very extreme. I'll be watching this story.
Can't help crying over this story...
I grew up in nearby Warren, MI and my family still lives in the area. My aunt is right down the street from this dental clinic.
I can't find a picture of Mr. White anywhere - I'll google further after this post - but I can guarantee you that if Mr. White isn't lilly white that had a great deal to do with this entire story.
The area is a shit-hole and the people are knukle dragging, brain dead, racist asswipes.
I lived in Austin, TX for 9 years and that wasn't as bad as where I grew up.
Couldn't get the hell out fast enough.
Sorry about all the typos....arthritis is very bad this afternoon and typing is difficult.
Read some of the linked stories and am amazed that Great Expressions sent a cease & desist letter to the college student that posted the original petition. Another person has since posted a new petition.
Makes me think that if the company does loose it's case, it will file bankruptcy rather than pay any settlement/judgment.
Some of you are fucking ridiculous. HIV is not a gay disease, therefore, gay men are not obligated to blindly support someone just because they have HIV. Ever think that the guy is lying through his teeth? Why automatically assume he's telling the truth.
I have a friend with HIV. I've never sprayed him with Lysol.
R41, having had a bad experience at a dental clinic in Michigan: when my partner who had HIV showed up for his appointment, the dentist didn't show up and they had to find another one from somewhere, I find this story all too credible.
Awful. There has to be some type of violation of HIPPA laws, no ??? Most likely he disclosed to his manager or someone and they blabbed. Or sadly, maybe a co-worker that he felt was a close enough friend. That people remain so clueless about the ways the disease can be spread in 2012 is scary.
Welcome back to 1981.
I sincerely hope their children seroconvert.
Bengali in Platforms
It's HIPAA (just so you're taken seriously)
R41, what's your point, you inhumane nincompoop? Oh, that the former employee is a liar about the mistreatment received? Or that he's not gay? Or that people here associate homosexuality with HIV for some ridiculous reason?
You're a fine piece of work, you quibbling little stool sample you.
I see a can of Febreze coming my way and I break out into a cold sweat.
No you WILL not find a picture of James White...he may or may not exist...he is a dumb ass nigger bitch who only wants money...get real!!1
Please don't let them be b-
Am I gonna have to be the one to say it? I dont want a HIV poz dental assistant ramaging anywhere near any of my cavities, dental or otherwise.
Am I going to be the only one that says this? R51 is a retard. If you had actually bothered to read the links provided, you would have learned that the man in question is not a dental assistant. And "ramaging" is no a word.
Am I going to be the one to say it? R51, you're retarded. Had you bother to read the links provided you would know this man is not a dental assistant. And despite what someone may have told you, "ramaging" is not a word.
Moron of the day @ R51.
No more calls, we have a winner.
Am I gonna have to be the one to say it?
I EAT OLD PEOPLE'S EXCREMENT!
Did anyone receive a reply from the company?
Michigan: Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by HIV-positive dental worker
by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
8 January 2013, 7:17pm
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former dental centre employee in Michigan who claimed he faced discrimination at work and was fired because he is HIV-positive.
The Associated Press reports US District Judge Robert Cleland in late November granted summary judgment to Great Expressions Dental Centres.
James White accused the Bloomfield Hills-based company of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.
He worked for Great Expressions in 2008 and 2009.
In a statement, Great Expressions CEO Richard Beckman says the company has “stood firm since this lawsuit was filed that it had no merit whatsoever.”
A message seeking comment was left for White’s lawyer on Tuesday.
In 2011, a survey found that 5% of US dentists polled do not offer services to people living with HIV.
The study authors said another 5% of the 612 dentists’ offices in Los Angeles County, California, would take people living with HIV as patients, but would only offer teeth-cleaning services, ask them to come in on separate days or isolate them from other patients.
Many of the case documents are online for whoever wants to view them.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 11-cv-15534
I'd be fearful of any dental office that did not treat patients with HIV, because it might mean they're cutting corners with sterilazation of equipment, etc.
As for the coworkers, I grew up in NYC, and spent much of my teen years sharing joints with at least four separate HIV+ people, before any of us knew what it was, and with their viral loads through the roof. I got tested a few years later due to my sex life (hetero) and was negative.
I figure if it was that transmissible, fans of Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead would have become extinct.
I've also never understood why doctors and dentists who have HIV don't just specialize in treating patients who have it. I know different strains are a risk, but you'd think this would be a natural fit.
HA HA HA HA...
That is too funny. You left out the part how he cut himself and threw blood at his coworkers though.