It may be hard to believe that some three decades after the HIV/AIDS crisis became a nationwide scourge, people who have the HIV virus still face discrimination and harassment due to the ignorance and prejudices of others. However, as the more than 1 million people in this country with HIV and AIDS know all too well, disclosure of their condition can have a negative impact on nearly every part of their life, including their opportunity to get a job.
People with the HIV virus are protected by both federal and state confidentiality laws that forbid disclosure by employers, medical providers and other individuals of their medical condition. Our firm fights for the rights of people who have been victimized by unlawful disclosure.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Employment and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Resource Guide,” people are generally not required to tell an employer about their HIV/AIDS status unless they require special accommodations. If they choose to do so, they should be able to expect that the confidentiality of their condition will be maintained.
If you believe that your employee rights and/or civil rights have been violated because your HIV status has been wrongfully disclosed, we can help you explore your legal options. We do so with the utmost confidentiality.
We also understand the very real damage, including financial harm, that can occur when a Missouri resident’s HIV status is disclosed without their knowledge and/or permission. We work to seek justice for our clients who have suffered from an unlawful disclosure of what should be personal, confidential information.