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Subway Faces a Lawsuit for Allegedly Firing an HIV-Positive Employee

The suit is being filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Subway has had a tough go of it lately. The sandwich mega-chain is now facing a lawsuit from a former employee who says he was fired for being HIV-positive, reports Fox 59 in Indianapolis. If that's found to be true, it would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is filing the suit, claiming the employee disclosed his medical condition to the manager at a Sheridan, Ind., Subway location. After a meeting with a district manager, the store manager allegedly fired the employee because "he might be a liability to the company." The EEOC is seeking monetary compensation in the form of back pay and compensatory and punitive damages, as well as "a permanent injunction to prevent the company from engaging in any future disability discrimination." Subway disagrees with the allegations.

"The franchisee of the restaurant in question is aware that persons who are HIV-positive can work in the restaurant business and disputes the facts that appear in the lawsuit," Subway spokesperson Kevin Kane tells Eater. "We cannot discuss the specifics of this case as it is pending litigation."

The lawsuit against Subway comes a couple of weeks after the environmental group Friends of the Earth released a report that slammed the chain for using antibiotics in its meat supply. Though to be fair, Subway was one of 20 companies that was targeted in the report.