HIV-Positive trucker settles discrimination case

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A truck driver who is HIV-positive has settled an employment lawsuit against his former employer, E.C. Trading Ltd.

He claimed the company cut his hours and then fired him after it learned about his HIV status. The company claimed it had a good defense: that the trucker was hired as additional help during the busy holiday season and let go when the season ended.

As settlements go, this was a low one. The trucker collected less than $10,000, and an attorney for the company said the case was settled as a nuisance lawsuit, since attorneys’ fees alone would cost more than the agreed settlement amount.

Final note: This is one case that probably should have been settled even earlier, at the EEOC stage. The trucker had filed an EEOC complaint through the San Antonio office. Employers who use the EEOC mediation process often can resolve cases such as this one without the negative publicity and additional cost that comes with a federal lawsuit. 

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