The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. sections 12101 et seq. (ADA) is a federal statute, distinct from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e to 2000e–17 (Title VII). However, the ADA borrows its remedies from Title VII.
Discrimination on the basis of HIV status is often a violation of the ADA. Please look at my Avvo guide on the ADA: http://www.avvo.com/pages/show?category_id=6&permalink=disability-discrimination-in-employment.
Employment law is complicated and fact-specific. You may wish to consult with an experienced plaintiffs employment lawyer. You can find a plaintiffs employment attorney on the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) web site www.nela.org. NELA is the largest and most influential bar association in the country for attorneys representing working people. You can search by location and practice area. Also, NELA has affiliates in every state and many cities which are listed on the NELA site. Not all NELA attorneys are named on the web site or affiliate site. This should not influence your selection; attorneys can choose whether or not to purchase a listing in the national directory, and each affiliate has its own rules for listing.
I hope you can resolve your situation and wish you the best.
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If an employee is fired because he has HIV, it is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should talk to an attorney to determine whether your termination was illegal. You must also file with the EEOC within 180 days to preserve your rights.