The New York Police Department is facing legal action from the US Department of Justice for discriminating a person with HIV-positive status. Raymond Parker had applied for a desk job as an NYPD communications technician in 2013, and he had received an employment offer. However, after undergoing medical checks, the other was withdrawn – with a disqualification notice citing “HIV low CD4 count”. In other words, he was rejected because of having HIV, although there is no ruling in the police department statute which would forbid HIV+ people to work.
After the police department refused to make amends, Mr Parker filed a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – which in turn referred the case to the Department of Justice after determining “reasonable cause to believe that the allegations of discrimination on the basis of disability were true.” Taking up the case, the Justice Department’s civil rights division has now filed a lawsuit against the NYPD accusing them in disobeying the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Justice Department is urging the court to block the NYPD “from engaging in any act or practice that discriminates against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of disability” and demands “compensatory damages and injunctive relief to Parker as would fully compensate him [for] the NYPD’s discriminatory conduct”.