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EEOC Files Suit against McDonald’s Franchisees for Firing HIV Positive Worker

McDonald'sThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is charging a McDonald's multi-unit franchisee in Arkansas with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a worker who admitted to his general manager he had an "interest" in a co-worker, and told that co-worker he was HIV positive.

The EEOC filed its complaint on July 1 on behalf of the fired employee, "John Doe," against Mathews Management Company, which operates 34 McDonald's restaurants, and the one in Bentonville under Peach Orchard where the worker was terminated.

Reuters reported EEOC's reaction to the lawsuit yesterday,

People with HIV face enough obstacles in their lives," said Katharine Kores, an EEOC district director in Memphis, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, in a statement. "The ability to work in an environment free of discrimination should not be one of them."

The article stated that McDonald's Corp. (MCD.N), based in Oak Brook, Illinois, was not named as a defendant, and the franchisor did not respond to requests for comment.

The "John Doe" plaintiff in the lawsuit had been hired in November 2014. He said his duties included cleaning, operating the register, working the drive-thru window and opening and closing the restaurant.

Reuters also told,

Its lawsuit seeks to recoup back pay, recover punitive damages, and end the defendants' alleged discrimination.


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