The City of New York will pay $50,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a man who claims he was unfairly disqualified for a job as a 911 operator because of his HIV, BuzzFeed reports.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits workplace discrimination based on disabilities, including HIV.
As was reported in January, the Brooklyn man, Raymond Parker, claims that when he was initially offered the job by the New York Police Department in 2013, he was up front about his HIV status. But after taking the required medical exams, he was informed he was disqualified due to his “HIV low CD4 count.”
He filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission; when the agency failed to reach an agreement with the city, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sued the City of New York on his behalf.
And as part of the settlement, the NYPD’s Medical Assessment Unit will be trained about the ADA.
According to BuzzFeed, Parker has been living “symptom free” with HIV for about 20 years. What’s more, the NYPD has given Parker a conditional offer of employment.
To read about other HIV-related discrimination cases on POZ, click here.