U.S. sues New York City for denying police job to man with HIV

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By David Ingram | NEW YORK

NEW YORK The U.S. Department of Justice has sued
New York City for revoking an emergency dispatcher job offer it
made to a man before he disclosed he had HIV, which the police
department said disqualified him from the position.

Lawyers for the Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed
late on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court that the police
action was discriminatory under the federal Americans with
Disabilities Act.

Representatives for the New York Police Department and the
mayor’s office could not immediately be reached for comment on
Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit, Raymond Parker of Brooklyn applied
in July 2013 to be a police communications technician. The job
involves taking calls for emergency services, working as a radio
dispatcher for police resources and other clerical duties, the
lawsuit said.

Parker received a conditional offer of employment but
received a notice of medical disqualification in December 2013
after undergoing medical exams and completing paperwork that
disclosed he had the human immunodeficiency virus, better known
as HIV. The notice cited the AIDS-causing virus, the lawsuit
said.

“Being HIV positive, even if asymptomatic, is a disability”
under federal disabilities law, the lawsuit said.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
investigated a complaint by Parker and tried unsuccessfully to
reach a settlement with the city, according to the lawsuit.

The Justice Department is asking a judge to declare New
York’s action discriminatory, bar the city from doing it again
and compensate Parker. (Additional reporting by Nate Raymond)



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