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June 18, 2012

Teacher With HIV Sues Calif. School for Wrongful Termination

Matthew Edmondson, a gay middle school science teacher, has filed a lawsuit against The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, California, for workplace discrimination and wrongful termination because he has HIV, according to a statement from Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP, which represents him. In October 2011, Edmondson changed his HIV medication, 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. They forced him to sign a confidential agreement and release, which led to his leaving the school two days later. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and general damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering.

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