Want living proof that you can work hard night and day for “the man”, even confide in your co-workers, and they still will get drop you at the drop of a dime?
Here’s a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding their lawsuit for Brandon Smith against Hair Cuttery in Baltimore, Maryland for the discrimination against him.
BALTIMORE –Troubled that a stylist who worked his way up from receptionist to assistant manager of a hair salon in Greenbelt was fired because of his HIV status while he was still struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland today filed a formal Charge of Discrimination on the man’s behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Hair Cuttery and its multimillion-dollar parent company. The ACLU also sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation requesting a clarification that state regulations may not be invoked to justify unlawful discrimination.
“You don’t get HIV by having your hair cut, and we cannot allow unfounded fears and misconceptions to drive workplace discrimination against Marylanders living with HIV,” said Deborah Jeon, Legal Director for the ACLU of Maryland.