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.

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