An Exton, Pa.-based charter bus company on Friday settled a discrimination complaint filed against it by members of the Philadelphia chapter of ACT UP. The AIDS activists filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission after a bus driver for Krapf Bus Companies stopped while en route to a legislative hearing in Harrisburg, Pa., after he learned the passengers were AIDS activists. He allegedly refused to complete the trip because he "didn't want to catch anything." Although he eventually decided to resume the trip, his delay caused the activists to miss the hearing at which they planned to speak. The company agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to each of the 10 passengers on the bus, to retrain its staff, and to post nondiscrimination policies in each of its buses.
"This complaint gave the bus company a chance to look at what this driver did and say, 'That's not us.' And that's what they've done," said Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project, which filed the complaint on behalf of the ACT UP members.