Lawsuit Prompts State Dept. To Change Discriminatory HIV Policy

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There was another small but significant victory in the battle against HIV-related discrimination this week, when the State Department agreed to overturn its policy barring HIV-positive people from working with agency contractors.

The decision to nix that prohibition was part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a U.S. Army veteran who had been denied employment with a Statement Department contractor because of his HIV-positive status. The lawsuit is available in the Center for HIV Law and Policy’s resource bank here. Filed with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the complaint argued that the State Department’s policy violated the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Center for HIV Law and Policy reports that although the settlement is confidential, “the ACLU has confirmed that the State Department has agreed to policy changes that will prevent people living with HIV from being automatically barred from working under State Department contracts in the future.”

Click here to read more from the HIV law center on this and related issues.

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