Pierce v. Ackal

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Status: Open
United States District Court Western District of Louisiana Lafayette Division
Issues: Employment and Rights in the Workplace, HIV

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on behalf of William "Liam” Pierce, after the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s office rescinded a job offer as a Sheriff’s Deputy because he is a person living with HIV.

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In 2012, Liam Pierce, a life-long public servant in health and public safety, applied for a position as a sheriff’s deputy with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, a job for which he was and is fully qualified. Shortly after his in-person interview, a captain informed him that he would be hired.

However, after Pierce completed a medical examination that noted his HIV status, the job offer was rescinded. Pierce filed a charge of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a few months later.

In 2016, after investigating Pierce’s claim, the EEOC issued a Determination of Probable Cause stating that the evidence supported Mr. Pierce’s claim against the Iberia Parish Sheriff.