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Popeyes pays for chickening out on HIV-positive applicant

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A Popeyes Chicken franchise in Tyler has agreed to settle an EEOC disability discrimination suit filed on behalf of an applicant who had several years of experience in the restaurant business. The alleged reason he wasn’t hired: His HIV status.

When asked on a job application why he had left his most recent job, the man wrote “medical.” In a later interview, the hiring manager pressed him on the nature of his medical condition. He revealed that he was HIV-positive.

The general manager immediately told him he couldn’t work at the restaurant because of his condition.

The man filed an EEOC complaint alleging the franchise violated the ADA by making a pre-offer medical inquiry and by refusing to hire him because of his HIV status.

Before the suit could reach a courtroom, the franchise owner agreed to pay the man $25,000.

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