The Justice Department is suing the city of Clarksville, in southern Indiana, alleging its police department denied a man a job because he is HIV-positive.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, charges Clarksville with violating Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants based on their disability status. disability, including those who are HIV-positive, the virus that causes AIDS.
“Those who are qualified and seek to serve their communities should not be unlawfully discriminated against,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. district attorney.
The man worked for more than a year as a volunteer reserve officer, and the Justice Department said he was fully qualified for the job. Clarksville police had offered the man a job, but then dropped the offer in 2015 because of his HIV status, the Justice Department said.
Clarksville City Manager Kevin Baity told The Associated Press the city is working to “find an amicable resolution.”
The man spent 15 months appealing the decision. Clarksville never hired the man, even after reinstating him as a candidate, according to the lawsuit.
He is currently working with another police department.
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Contributor: The Associated Press
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