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Christopher Peña had worked at Burger King for seven years, and had managed several Burger King locations in Virginia.Then, he was fired, and he says it’s because he’s HIV-positive, according to a federal lawsuit.
Peña says he was diagnosed in 2011, and after wresting with the situation he decided to tell one of his supervisors. He was canned three months later, reports Elise Foley at the Huffington Post.
His lawyers say that it’s in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which does cover people who are HIV-positive.
Peña was officially fired for “a performance issue,” but he says that he had never been disciplined before his revelation, only afterward, according to the lawsuit.
Burger King has not yet filed a response to the complaint.
Right now, it’s a potential PR crisis. Food service chains go through lawsuits like this all the time, but occasionally, they strike a nerve and blow up.
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