Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HIV Positive Man Faces Workplace Discrimination

James White was diagnosed with HIV six months before he began his job as an office worker at Great Expressions Dental Center in Eastside Detroit. When the office manager inquired as to the nature of his doctors appointments, White told her in confidence that he tested positive for HIV. However, everyone at the office soon heard the news, including the company's regional director who told White he heard he had AIDS. The problems did not end there. White was prohibited from touching doorknobs and staffers began following him around with Lysol to spray anything he touched. Finally, after being briefly hospitalized in large part due to the overwhelming stress from work, the clinic chose to fire him. Now, the Detroit office of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has ruled that the dental company had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Full story compliments of Queerty.

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