EEOC files lawsuit against union for HIV disclosure
April 09 2004 12:00 AM ET
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week filed a lawsuit in federal court against Teamsters Local Union 804 in Long Island City, N.Y., after a union official disclosed that a member is HIV-positive, Newsday reports. According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan, a UPS employee who missed several weeks of work after becoming distraught over the disclosure to his coworkers is seeking punitive damages and back pay. The union employee violated the protections of the Americans With Disabilities Act when he disclosed the man is HIV-positive, according to the lawsuit. Teamsters attorney Richard Brook declined to comment on the case.