Monday, November 29, 2010

HIV-positive gay couple’s claim against Naples restaurant part of lawsuit trend
Naples Daily News
Posted November 26, 2010 at 6:42 p.m.

NAPLES — A gay Naples couple has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Ridgway Bar & Grill, alleging they were fired because they were HIV positive.
The litigation by John Timothy Robertson, 29, and his partner, Steven Ray “Forrest” Chaplin, 36, comes as the government is pushing for enforcement of anti-discrimination laws and to educate employers about HIV to reduce its stigma.
On Monday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a $10,000 settlement in a case against Callaro’s Prime Steak & Seafood in Palm Beach County, which tried to force an employee to get an HIV test because her relative was HIV-positive, then changed and reduced her work hours so much she was forced to quit.

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