The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal law enforcement agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination, brought this lawsuit against Popeye's Chicken franchise. A Longview, Texas, general manager refused employment to an applicant based on discovery of the applicant's HIV status. As the EEOC made clear in its press release, "[p]ursuing this case is part of the EEOC's overall strategic effort to encourage employers to prevent discrimination by making hiring decisions that are well-informed, rather than snap judgments that are based on myths, fears and stereotypes about people with HIV." Challenging HIV-related discrimination cases through EEOC or private litigation is critically important to ensure that people living with HIV have employment opportunities, and to combat HIV prejudice, bias, and stigma.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.