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May 31, 2013

Judge Stops Wrongful Termination Suit by Teacher With HIV

A judge has stopped a lawsuit by a gay middle school science teacher in California against a school for workplace discrimination and wrongful termination because he has HIV. Matthew Edmondson sued The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach in 2012. He changed his HIV medication in 2011, which caused adverse side effects and forced him to take time off—but no more than his allotted 10 days during the 2011 to 2012 school year. The head of school and the director, who both knew of Edmonson’s side effects, allegedly waged a discrimination campaign. Edmonson claims he was forced to sign a confidential agreement and release, which led to his leaving the school two days later. The suit was seeking compensatory and general damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering. The judge cited the agreement as the reason for stopping the suit.

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