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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 Georgia Voice reported:

The city of Atlanta argued during litigation that it did not consider HIV a reason to not hire someone as a police officer and that the city had no policy against hiring people with HIV. But by calling Roe a "direct threat" in the lower court, the city did indeed discriminate based on his HIV status, alleges Lambda Legal.

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