If this is true, well, The Ivy is in for some big trouble!
Apparently a former employee is suing them for allegedly being fired for having HIV!
It was filed at the California Superior Court in Los Angeles and is claiming that The Ivy violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and discriminated against Reymundo Martinez by 'wrongfully terminating him on the basis of his medical condition at the beginning of last year.'
Here's what a senior counselor had to say about it:
”The Ivy cannot target employees with HIV for discrimination. Individuals in these vulnerable situations are in particular need of their jobs, and any employer choosing to discriminate faces the possibility of a civil suit.”
So what happened?
Apparently he worked there for five months before he was fired, and had been diagnosed with HIV in December 2010. And when you get diagnosed, you get put on meds right away.
And the meds made him sleepy one night so he asked to leave early. They let him and told him to not come back that week!
Even his doctor requested that the restaurant “please facilitate patient request on work schedule change” and CONFIRMED that he was still able to do his job!
He got the axe instead!
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