Subway allegedly fired a worker for being HIV-positive

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Subway Restaurant Accused of Firing Employee for Being HIV-Positive


The federal government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a small-town Subway in Indiana because it allegedly fired a worker who admitted to his superiors that he was HIV-positive. According to the full wrongful-termination suit, the employee — whose name is understandably being kept anonymous — told his boss (a manager named Maria Manawat), and her response betrayed some major unease. She asked, "What if you cut yourself?" and also wondered aloud, "What if our customers find out?" She then told him she needed to consult with the district manager, the lawsuit asserts. About a month later, the employee got word from Manawat to the effect that he "might be a liability to the company, and that they were going to have to let him go."

As the EEOC points out, that's against the law. To quote the agency's attorney who filed the suit: "You can't terminate someone just because you find out that they're HIV positive." The employee is asking for back pay and other damages. The EEOC argues he got fired "simply because of ignorance and fear." And, to that end, the EEOC hopes that a suit like this makes people understand that, saying in a statement: "One of the reasons we litigate a case like this is so people recognize that it is against the law."

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Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Fogle is due to formally plead guilty and be sentenced on charges of trading child pornography and paying for sex with minors. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Fogle is due to formally plead guilty and be sentenced on charges of trading child pornography and paying for sex with minors. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Senior Litigation Counsel, Steven DeBrota, explains the charges against Subway Pitchman, Jared Fogle, during a press conference on August 19, 2015 at the United States Attorneys Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fogle was part of a Federal Investigation which included a raid of his home in July 2015. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Jared Fogle (R) gets into a car in front of the courthouse on August 19, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fogle was part of a Federal Investigation which included a raid of his home in July 2015. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
US Attorney Josh Minkler, center, Indianapolis Police chief Richard Hite, left, and Assistant US Attorney Steven D. DeBrota discuss the child pornography case against former Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle following his hearing in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle walks to a waiting car as he leaves his home, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn't confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle walks to a waiting car as he leaves his home Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn't confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Federal authorities walk out of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn't confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Federal authorities walk outside of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Federal authorities walk outside of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle walks to a waiting car as he leaves his home Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn't confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Federal authorities walk outside of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Federal authorities walk outside of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle walks to a waiting car as he leaves his home Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn't confirm it involved Fogle. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Federal authorities walk outside of the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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