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in feb of 92 i was hired by a major airline...
      #490 - 03/30/00 12:52 PM

In Feb of 92 I was hired by a major airline with them having full
knowledge of my HIV status. In feb of 95 I had to leave work on
MLA due to complications of AIDS related KS. In January of this
Year my Doctor said I could return to work on a limited basis
(working reduced hours). I notified the company of this, and
asked them to allow me to return to work ASAP. They told me I
could not return to work until I had been retrained. 2 months
later I learned from a co-worker that the Company had Advertised,
hired, trained and employed new employees into positions that I
was suppose to return to. The company never asked me to be a part
of the training. As a result of this I notified EEOC of what was
happening and the agreed that the company was possibly in
violation of ADA and agreed to file charges against them. This
month the company has contacted me several times (after months of
official silence and unofficial run around) They have stated I
must return to work as a full time employee working 40 a week) or
take a part time position (which would put me at the very bottom
of seniority with horrible hours and days off putting me on an
on-call-status allowing them to increase my work week to 40 hrs a
week anytime they choose during peek periods.) This seemed very
unfair to me! The company has a position where employees work
only 4 hours a week, and increasing up to 40 hrs a week during
promotional periods. As a compromise (even though this would put
me also at the bottom of seniority as well) I asked for one of
these positions rather than having to be there every day 4 to 5
hours a day in a part time position, I thought this would be
something I could Handel. The company refuses to grant me one of
those positions, stating even though others are currently working
them, it is not an option for ME. I have contacted EEOC in
regards to all of these matters that have transpired since the
original filling of the charges, but they told me nothing can be
done until a investigator is assigned to the case which could
take over a year. They said I had the right to ask for a right to
sue to be issued, but if that is granted they would no longer be
involved. Do I have any legal recourse against this company. Do I
have any legal ground to stand on should I ask for a right to
Sue? If I did since this is a major airline with a huge legal
department would they just run me into the ground? After all this
company has put me through, I must admit I am now very afraid to
even return to work there. I am afraid of retaliation from them,
and how they would treat me. Can you please offer any advise or
possible referrals who could help me? Thank you mpelton@erols.com
)




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