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Christian Care Center of Johnson City facing EEOC suit after firing nurse who was HIV-positive

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 17 that it has filed a lawsuit against Christian Care Center of Johnson City, Inc, and Care Centers Management Consulting alleging that the integrated enterprise violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against an employee because the employee is HIV-positive.The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 17 that it has filed a lawsuit against Christian Care Center of Johnson City, Inc, and Care Centers Management Consulting alleging that the integrated enterprise violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against an employee because the employee is HIV-positive.

According to the EEOC’s suit, the Johnson City-based company that provides nursing home facilities and services fired the employee because the individual suffers from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (EDTenn, No 2:12-cv-00207). The employee worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for more than a month, but when the nursing home learned that the employee was HIV positive, it immediately discharged the person, the commission said.

“Discharging someone simply because of a disability is illegal,” said EEOC Memphis District Directory Katharine W. Kores. “The EEOC is committed to responsibly enforcing the ADA.”