Federal law prohibits discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS in all workplace settings, state and municipal services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted federal law as protecting people with HIV – including those who may be asymptomatic, because the virus limits certain major life activities. The law also prohibits discriminating against a person with HIV/AIDS because an employer fears it will lose customers, or because co-workers are afraid of working with an HIV-positive person. It is also illegal to discriminate against someone who associates with a person with HIV/AIDS.
Feds Target HIV Discrimination By Health Care Providers. Click here for more.
Questions and Answers: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Persons with HIV/AIDS: Persons who are discriminated against because they are regarded as having HIV are also protected.
Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973: The Federal Rehabilitation Act prohibits disability-based discrimination by federal employers or contractors or by programs receiving federal financial assistance.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended: The ADA prohibits disability-based discrimination in employment, state and municipal services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows a family member to take unpaid leave from their place of employment to care for an immediate family member (parent, spouse, and child) in certain circumstances.