The Milton Hershey School for impoverished children will pay $700,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old Delaware County boy who claimed he was denied admission last year because of HIV.
The school also will pay $15,000 to the federal government to settle potential civil penalties.
The Justice Department investigated the boy's complaint and determined that the Hershey School violated provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, in denying the boy admission, according to the settlement.
The free school in central Pennsylvania, founded as an orphanage in 1910, is funded by profits of the Hershey Co. chocolate giant. It enrolls 1,800 students and funds its operations with the income of a $9 billion trust fund.