Maverik Inc., a company that operates gas stations in Wyoming, Utah and other Western states, has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it improperly fired an HIV-positive bakery clerk in Wyoming, according to The Associated Press (AP). Last year the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Maverik for firing the clerk two weeks after learning he was HIV positive. Sean Ratliff, a lawyer for the EEOC in Denver, said the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating based on stereotypes about disabilities. David Hancock, a lawyer for Maverik in Salt Lake City, said that the company denies it violated the law and that it agreed to settle only to avoid further expenses.

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