30
Mar
11

EEOC clarifies HIV as a disability

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which defines and adjudicates workplace discrimination in the U.S., has clarified the Americans with Disabilities Act to include HIV as a defining disability for the workplace.  What this will mean locally is still to be determined, but it certainly simplifies federal guidance that workplace discrimination based on HIV status is illegal.  More info at this link:

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adaaa_info.cfm

Vermont has its own laws making illegal discrimination based on HIV, but the EEOC’s clarificiation is certainly welcome.  More on VT’s HIV discrimination law: 

http://www.glad.org/rights/vermont/c/hiv-anti-discrimination-law-in-vermont/

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