HIV-Positive Man Sues Atlanta Police Department for Employment Discrimination
September 21, 2011
Was an Atlanta man denied a job as a police officer because he was unqualified for the position or because he is HIV positive?
Lambda Legal believes HIV status played a factor in why "Richard Roe" was not offered a job. Last week, the legal organization that represents members of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS community who have been discriminated against, finished its briefing in front of the Court of Appeals in hopes that it will overturn the 2006 ruling that sided with the city.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2006. A lower court ruled in favor of the city because Roe "could not show he was qualified to perform the job because it believed that a police officer with HIV presents a 'direct threat' to the health and safety of others," according to Lambda Legal.
Schoettes told the Georgia Voice, "We want to change of city of Atlanta's way of thinking [and] bring them into the current millennium. We want to make it clear the city cannot discriminate and act on it. Then, in terms of the law, we really would like to see the 11th circuit change the place burden. Most other circuits place burden on the employer."
A spokesperson from Mayor Kasim Reed's office claims that HIV had nothing to do with why Richard Roe was not hired. According to this person, the police department rejected Roe's application before it knew about his HIV status.
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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