A Georgia man is continuing his lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and its police department for saying his HIV-positive status poses a “direct threat” to the health and safety of others and rejecting his application to become a cop.
The 39-year-old man, who is identified by the pseudonym Richard Roe, lost the first round of the lawsuit in federal court when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted a summary judgment in the city’s favor. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit after Roe’s application was rejected in 2006.
image“There was no good reason to deny our client this opportunity. People living with HIV are serving as police officers all across the country; they are involved in every kind of work and participate in all walks of life,” Scott Schoettes (second photo), Lambda Legal’s HIV Project Director, says in a prepared statement. “If the promise of equal opportunity contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act is to be fulfilled, employers’ misconceptions and outdated policies need to be challenged.”
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