Carlson Restaurants, owner of the TGI Friday's chain, has been fined a $5,000 penalty for allegedly firing an employee at its Alexandria, Virginia, location because he is HIV positive, the Southern Voice reports.

James McCray claims that he lost his job as general manager on July 26, 2006, one day after disclosing his HIV status to employers. On June 30, the Alexandria Human Rights Commission ruled that the company had violated the city's Human Rights Code and recommended that city manager James Hartmann issue a fine.

In a September 17 letter sent to Carlson Restaurants, Hartmann revealed his decision to collect the fine. He writes, “I have determined that levying a civil penalty against TGI Friday's/Carlson Restaurants for its act of unlawful discrimination against Mr. McCray is warranted.”