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Kenyan Woman Wins Landmark HIV Case
July 16, 2008, 12:43 pm
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I found a piece of international news that is definitely worth celebrating:

Jacqueline Adhiambo Ongur, a HIV positive woman in Kenya, was recently awarded $35,000 in a landmark ruling against her employer for firing her after discovering her HIV status. The 45-year-old waitress also sued her doctor for releasing her medical records without consent. Ongur says that she filed the case to focus attention on the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Her employer claimed that she was fired before they knew of her status. But Ongur told the court that her letter of termination said she had been fired on medical grounds, and for being unable to perform her duties.

The High Court ruled that it was unlawful to end employment on the grounds of a person’s HIV status. The court’s decision is the first such ruling in Kenya.

AIDS activists have praised the ruling saying it is a victory in the fight for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. “It’s a lesson and a message to employers that people living with HIV and Aids have got rights like any other person to work,” said activist Inviolata Mbwavi.

To read the whole story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7499496.stm

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