HIV-positive teacher sues school for wrongful firing

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is filing a suit against a Maryland school for allegedly firing a teacher because he is HIV positive.

Chauncey Stevenson, who taught second grade and after school music classes at Chesapeake Academy in Arnold, had been employed from 2003-2006 and received good evaluations from supervisors, reports the Baltimore Sun. His contract was not renewed for the 2006-2007 school year, which caused him to file a complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC filed the suit on after no settlement was made with the school.

“They were advised that he was HIV-positive and he was fired, despite the fact that he wanted to come back to work,” EEOC attorney Jacqueline H. McNair told the Sun. “He was a good teacher and well-liked.”

The EEOC says Chesapeake Academy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which defines HIV as a disability, therefore making it unlawful to wrongfully terminate someone with the virus.

Read the full story from the Advocate.


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