A McDonald’s franchise in Arkansas, USA, has paid $103,000 (£83,276) to settle a complaint brought by an employee fired for being HIV-positive – the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports.
EEOC filed the lawsuit this summer on behalf of an unnamed employee. The complaint says that the worker was fired in February 2015 after confiding in a colleague that he was HIV-positive. This conduct is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
EEOC’s lawsuit also covered the firms policy that required all employees to report the use of prescription medication, which is also unlawful.
Katharine Kores, EEOC’s District Director, said in a statement: “People with HIV face enough obstacles in their lives.
“The ability to work in an environment free of discrimination should not be one of them.”
Faye A Williams, EEOC’s Regional Attorney - Memphis District Office, adds: “EEOC remains committed to protecting employees from disability discrimination on the job.
“EEOC commends the companies for working with us to quickly resolve this matter prior to trial.”