She Was Fired For Being HIV Positive & Just Won The Right To Work
Fired from her job as trainee operator, woman just won back the right to work. 
Fired from her job as trainee operator, woman just won back the right to work. (Photo: ANI)

She Was Fired For Being HIV Positive & Just Won The Right To Work

Prejudice against HIV positive people no more.

Three years after being terminated by her company following an HIV diagnosis, a Pune-based woman has gotten justice courtesy the Labour Court.

According to ANI, the Court on Monday ordered the company to reinstate her in the same post she was in before she was fired, as well as provide her with all the back wages.

I was asked to submit a document for the medical claim and when I did that, they asked me about it (HIV). I told them I got it from my husband and within 30 minutes, they forced me to resign. I was working there as a trainee operator for 5 years
Woman to ANI

Documents to Claim Medical Benefits Were Used Against Her

When the woman submitted paperwork to claim medical benefits — papers that revealed that she had been diagnosed with HIV — the company asked her to resign on the same day.

The woman’s services were terminated in 2015. She says she was verbally told the reason was her HIV diagnosis. However, the company’s documents mention "absenteeism" as the reason.

The woman employee then went to a Labour Court in Pune to challenge the company’s order.

The Court ruled that no employee can be fired on being tested positive for HIV, and that the termination can only take under the frame of law, a practice that wasn’t followed in this case. 

The woman had contracted HIV through her husband who died from the disease.

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