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Iowa man drops HIV lawsuit against McDonald's

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DYERSVILLE - A man who filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired from his job at a Dyersville McDonald's because he was gay and has HIV has dropped the case.

Daniel Carver of Epworth dropped the lawsuit last week. Court records did not indicate whether a settlement was reached in the case.

Carver worked at the restaurant between October 2007 and February 2008.

He claimed that he was not promoted, had his work hours reduced and was harassed after other employees learned he was gay and had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

He filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in which he said that one of his managers "doesn't like gay people and she will push them to quit."

He filed his lawsuit in August. Under Iowa law, it's illegal to discriminate against an employee because of perceived sexual orientation or a disability, which includes HIV status.

In court documents, the Karpinskes denied Carver's claims of discrimination and said that he was fired because of poor work performance and excessive absenteeism.

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