Judges weigh HIV infected man’s fight to get job

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01/25/2012

"ATLANTA — A panel of federal judges appeared skeptical Wednesday of the Atlanta police department’s decision to reject a job application from an HIV-infected man.

"The 40-year-old man sued the city in 2010, claiming he was denied a police officer job solely because he has the virus. Atlanta attorneys argued there are other officers on the force with HIV and the police department has no blanket policy disqualifying candidates with the virus. Gay rights groups and police agencies are closely following the case.

"...Roe’s attorney, Scott Schoettes of gay rights group Lambda Legal, said there was no evidence that Roe posed a threat to the health and safety of others. The city violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act by not fully vetting his client, Schoettes said."

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