January 27, 2012
Federal Appeals Court Hears HIV Lawsuit Against Atlanta Police
Lambda Legal recently urged a U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling against the claim of a man who applied to be a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) but was denied employment because he has HIV, according to a Lamda Legal statement. The plaintiff, a 40-year-old man from Georgia, applied to be a police officer with the APD in early 2006. During a pre-employment medical exam, an APD doctor learned that the plaintiff is HIV positive. The doctor informed him that his HIV status disqualified him from becoming an APD officer. When he wasn’t hired, he filed suit against the City of Atlanta for discrimination prohibited by federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act.
To read the Lambda Legal statement, click here.
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