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Monday, May 7, 2012

Burger King Manager Couldn't Have It His Way, Once It Was Learned He Was HIV Positive

A former manager of several Burger King restaurants in Virginia has accused the fast-food company of firing him because he's HIV-positive, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
Christopher Peña, a 7-year Burger King veteran, says the company let him go last September, three months after he disclosed his HIV status to a supervisor. Peña and his lawyers claim the dismissal violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil-rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability and covers people who are HIV positive.
Burger King did not respond to requests seeking comment, and the company has not yet filed a response in court to Peña's complaint. Victor Viramontes, a lawyer for Pena who is senior counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said his group sees discrimination against Latinos who are HIV-positive as a serious problem in the workplace.

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