Dahill v. Boston Police Department
In this case, in May 2001, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations against individuals whose disability has been corrected or mitigated by medications or other corrective measures (e.g., a person who wears a hearing aid, or who takes medications to control a condition like diabetes or epilepsy). In August 2000, GLAD, together with the Disability Law Center, filed a brief in the Supreme Judicial Court, addressing the critical question of who is protected from discrimination under disability anti-discrimination laws. This important victory should ensure the continued protection of people with HIV from job discrimination under disability anti-discrimination laws, even as advancements in the treatment of HIV are made.
The brief was filed on behalf of a wide range of disability, civil rights, and civic organizations, including the American Association of Retired Persons, Catholic Charities, AIDS Action Committee, D.E.A.F., Inc., and the Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts.