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EEOC orders Johnson City nursing home to pay 90,000 for firing employee with HIV

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Christian Care Center of Johnson City has been ordered to pay $90,000 – settling a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC alleges in the lawsuit that Christian Care Center violated federal law by firing an employee who suffers from HIV - human immunodeficiency virus. 

The employee worked at Christian Care Center as a licensed practical nurse for more than a month. When the nursing home found out that employee was HIV positive, the employee was fired, according to the EEOC.

Firing an employee because of HIV violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to paying $90,000, the nursing home is prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of disabilities in the future. The center is required to provide training on employee rights under ADA,  maintain records of discrimination complaints, and post an ADA notice with the EEOC’s contact information .

“As part of that strategy, the president envisioned that the United States ‘will become a place where people with HIV infections will be free from stigma and discrimination,’” Williams said. “We hope that this resolution will help that vision become a reality,” said Faye A. Williams, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Memphis District Office.

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