Man fired for AIDS gets damages

Year Published:  1989
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3671

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has ruled that it is discriminatory for an employer to fire someone because they have AIDS or have tested positive for the HIV virus. The Commission's made its ruling in the case of a Canadian Pacific employee who was fired after he revealed that he had tested positive for AIDS. According to Michelle Falardeau-Ramsay, the CHRC's deputy head, "AIDS is not a moral issue. AIDS is an illness. Would you fire someone if that person had cancer even if that person was able to do the work? AIDS is not contagious except when you are in contact with blood, blood-related products or semen. Education is required: misinformation on AIDS is rampant all over the place."

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