SCHOFIELD, Wis. -- A 16-year-old girl who was born with the HIV
virus has filed a discrimination complaint against her first
employer alleging she was fired because of her illness.
Korrin Krause worked only one day as a grocery bagger at
Quality Foods IGA before the manager called her mother to
verify she had HIV and said she no longer had a job, Krause
"I broke down and cried," she said. "I'm an innocent kid trying
to live her life."
The store's lawyer, Thomas Crone, did not immediately return
messages left at his home and office by The Associated Press on
Krause said she was fired in February and later filed a
complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act,
which bars employers from asking about a worker's HIV status or
discriminating against them because of it.
A commission official concluded in May there was reasonable
cause to believe a violation had occurred, invited both sides
to work on a settlement and said compensatory and punitive
damages would be considered.
"The idea that this young woman could possibly transmit the
virus by bagging groceries is ridiculous," said Korrin's
lawyer, Christopher Krimmer.