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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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BREALNYC, New York, 2012-07-18 15:45:26
Isn't this kind of discrimination banned by the ADA? If I'm right, it should be obvious to the school's attorneys that the suit holds merit... moreover that no one should be summarily terminated for having HIV!

tobbie, Hampton, 2012-06-20 12:55:13
things like this frustrate me as well. I'm in the process of trying to sue federal govn/t for trying to set me up to get fired for disclosing my sexual orientation and hiv status to my supervisor...leave suggestions

Carlos, Bayamon, 2012-06-19 14:39:08
I was terminated from my Teaching position back in 1995 because of my diagnosis. So I came here and got my SSA benefits.

Chauncey Stevenson, Arnold, MD, 2012-06-19 13:21:20
Good for him! I too made headlines back in 2009 when I filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school where I was employed. The school settled out of court. I am glad that others are taking a stand against this type of discrimination.

Allen Murray, Flint Mi, 2012-06-19 12:10:02
Stories like this really frustrate me. As a gay man i have worked very hard to educate and elimnate ignorance which i believe is the backbone of discrimination. Even though we have made great strides in the past few years stories lik this just rmind us our work is far from done

Richard, , 2012-06-19 10:09:11
I wish this gentleman the best. He obviously knows that the laws in California (and beyond) explicitly protect from workplace and hiring discrimination due to HIV/AIDS status. Within "normal" parameters, he ought to win his case.

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