Published October, 2010

Employment Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS: A Primer, The Center for HIV Law and Policy (2010)

The Center for HIV Law and Policy prepared this basic guide for advocates on the legal and human rights protections for people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States. The primer outlines the state and federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of HIV, the elements of a case challenging HIV discrimination, additional protections against gender and race-based employment discrimination, and international human rights laws that apply to employment and the rights of people with HIV/AIDS to work and equal job opportunities.

The primer also addresses the different requirements for HIV-related employment discrimination cases produced by the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act that went into effect last year. 

The primer is intended to arm advocates with the basic understanding necessary to assess and undertake a case on behalf of individuals who experience unfair treatment in the workplace because they are living with HIV.