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[IP] prohibiting insulin-dependent diabetics
The U.S. Justice Department has sued concert promoter SFX Entertainment Inc.
for its policy of prohibiting insulin-dependent diabetics from taking their
medical supplies with them into concerts.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, accused
SFX of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by implementing a policy
that bars diabetic supplies.
The lawsuit alleged that SFX, by preventing two people from taking diabetic
supplies with them into a concert, forces diabetics who require insulin and
immediate access to their blood-testing equipment to choose between being
barred from a concert or taking "unreasonable" health risks.
"Individuals with diabetes are entitled to attend and enjoy community events,
like anyone else, without putting their lives at risk," said Ralph Boyd,
assistant attorney general for civil rights.
"SFX's policy is unnecessary and reflects outdated fears about individuals
with disabilities," he said. "Our goal is to foster integration of the
disabled into society at large."
SFX Entertainment now operates as Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading
producer and marketer of live entertainment events. Clear Channel is a
subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications.
Title III of the ADA prohibits the discrimination in public places against any
individual on the basis of disability.
"SFX's policy violates the ADA because it denies individuals with diabetes
equal access to and enjoyment of the concert," a Justice Department statement
It said the lawsuit, filed after efforts to negotiate a voluntary settlement
failed, seeks to eliminate what it called SFX's discriminatory policy and to
insure diabetics have an equal opportunity to attend SFX concerts.
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