Employer to Pay $139,366 For Trying To Force An Employee To Disclose Her HIV Status

  11 January 2017

Diallo's of Houston, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, will pay $139,366 and furnish other relief as a result of a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In its lawsuit, the EEOC charged that Diallo's violated federal law when it forced employee Felicia M. Parks to provide medical documentation to prove she was not HIV-positive, and then allegedly fired her when she failed to provide such documentation. The EEOC charged that Diallo's owner/manager approached Parks and informed her that she had "heard" from an unidentified third party that Parks was HIV-positive. The owner/manager demanded on two occasions that Parks provide documentation to show she was not HIV-positive, based only on the owner/manager's assumption that Parks' alleged HIV status was hazardous to the company's business. The owner/manager then allegedly fired Parks when she did not provide the required documentation. Read more here.