What is AIDS and workplace discrimination?

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Workplace discrimination could involve any type of discrimination or prejudice against an employee or applicant for a position. Workplace discrimination may be based on a person's religion, race, age, sex, or other factors that are not relevant to the skills needed to perform the job in question. Equal Employment Opportunity laws have been enacted by the United States federal government at various times since the mid-1960s with the purpose of outlawing discrimination by employers against employees.

AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is an advanced illness that may develop as a result of infection with HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In the years when the HIV/AIDS was first becoming a recognized disease condition, there was a great deal of misinformation widely publicized.

As a result of unfounded but widely believed perceptions such as the belief that HIV could be spread by contact with an object touched by someone with the disease, many employers refused to hire individuals who had a health history with these conditions and appeared to find excuses to end employment of current employees with the illnesses. Discrimination against persons having the HIV virus or AIDS is against the law.