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New Federal law revives claim against Smithsonian.


AIDS Policy Law. 1998 Nov 27;13(21):11. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

New Federal legislation revived an HIV discrimination suit brought against the Smithsonian Institution by Amador Rivera, a security officer who alleged that harassment and unfair treatment occurred because of his HIV status. A judge stated that Federal employees have no remedy for employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but they may be covered under the Rehabilitation Act. The Workplace Investment Act of 1998, specifically includes the Smithsonian on the list of agencies covered under the Rehabilitation Act. Rivera is seeking injunctive relief and damages of $800,000 on grounds that the Smithsonian failed to accommodate his disability, subjected him to a hostile work environment, and retaliated against him for filing complaints.

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Information in this article was accurate in December 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.