Can’t Do That, Student Tells Virginia College


     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CN) – Virginia College, a profit-seeking school, booted a student from campus and told her not to come back because she refused to give the school her medical records, the woman claims in court.
     Mildred J. Williams sued Virginia College on Sept. 9 in Federal Court.
     Williams says she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2000, a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     She enrolled in Virginia College’s cosmetology program in June 2012, had good grades, and never posed a threat to anyone else’s health or safety, she says in the lawsuit.
     Williams was hospitalized on July 30, 2012 for treatment of her schizophrenia. She says she told the school why she was absent, and tried to return to classes on Sept. 10, 2012, after her physician cleared her to return to school.
     “However, she was immediately called into a meeting with Laqwanda Haygood, of Student Services. Ms. Haygood demanded copies of plaintiff’s medical records, and when she refused to provide them, she was escorted off the premises and told not to return,” Williams says in the complaint.
     Haygood is not a party to the lawsuit.
     Williams seeks damages for ADA violations, violations of the Rehabilitation Act, discrimination, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
     She is represented by Trina Williams and Vicky Toles, of Toles & Williams.

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