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IL Attorney General Alleges Plasma Company Discrimination

Kwame Raoul
Seth Perlman
The office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is suing a plasma collection company, contending it cannot refuse to take plasma from people with disabilities.

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a plasma collection company that has a location in Normal.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in the complaint the policies of SCL Plasma, Inc. and parent company CSL Behring LLC prevented people from providing plasma because of their disabilities.

CSL Plasma has 14 locations around the state, including Normal, Champaign, Peoria, Decatur, and Springfield in central Illinois.

“CSL’s policies discriminate against people who have disabilities that attempt to provide plasma, which is all the more reprehensible during a time when our nation faces a public health emergency,” Raoul said. “I will hold accountable any entity that discriminates against people who request equal access and reasonable accommodations to which they are entitled by law.”

According to Raoul’s complaint, workers at a facility turned away a woman who had a service dog and told her she did not meet donation criteria. During the investigation, the Attorney General’s office found a copy of an internal CSL policy encouraging staff to discriminate against people with service animals, according to the AG’s office.

The lawsuit alleges CSL’s policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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