CHEYENNE -- A convenience store chain has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it improperly fired an HIV-positive bakery clerk in Wyoming.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year sued Maverik, Inc., an Afton-based company that operates gas stations in Wyoming, Utah and other Western states. The lawsuit charged the company fired the clerk two weeks after learning he was HIV-positive.

Sean Ratliff is lawyer for the EEOC in Denver. He said the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating based on stereotypes about disabilities. He said being HIV-positive doesn't prevent people from working with food.

David Hancock is a lawyer for Maverik in Salt Lake City. He said the company denies it violated the law and agreed to settle only to avoid further expenses.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.