California HIV Discrimination Lawyer

You Are No Less Equal

Under California law, from the moment of infection onward, a person with HIV or AIDS has legal protections from discrimination in the same way as a person with a disability. California law also protects people who are “perceived” to have HIV/AIDS, as well as family members and friends of persons with HIV/AIDS.

California law protects you from HIV/AIDS discrimination resulting in:

  • Harassment or discrimination in employment
  • Discrimination in housing
  • Discrimination in providing services by commercial establishments
  • Hate crimes
  • Disability discrimination
  • Denial of medical leave

But if your rights are violated, the only way to remedy the situation may be to bring a lawsuit to protect your rights. When you need legal help, contact a skilled HIV/AIDS rights attorney at The Dolan Law Firm. We help put the ‘fair’ back in ‘fair fight.’

San Francisco AIDS Discrimination Attorney

Housing Discrimination

Lead trial lawyer Christopher Dolan gained a $435,000 settlement for a man who was denied an apartment because he had AIDS.

Christopher Dolan, founding member of The Dolan Law Firm, has extensive experience protecting the civil rights of people in the LGBT community. Whether you have suffered discrimination in the workplace or were denied housing, he has the experience you need to get results in your case.

Mr. Dolan has repeatedly been chosen as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” and was named California Consumer Attorney of the Year. He has received an AV-Preeminent in the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review process for “highest legal ability” and ethical practice. Learn more about his awards.

Fighting Discrimination, Harassment and Violence

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (California Government Code Section 12940 (a)) prohibits discrimination in the workplace and in rental and housing sale decisions on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act (also known as the Moore-Brown-Roberti Family Rights Act), individuals with HIV/AIDS may be entitled to take medical leave.

The Unruh Civil Rights Act provides protection from discrimination in business establishments in California, including HIV discrimination in public accommodations.

What Does This Mean for You?

  • Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations if you need them, such as modifying the physical work environment, adjusting your work schedule, and other accommodations as long as this does not present an undue hardship on the employer.
  • Your employer cannot fire you just because you have HIV/AIDS.
  • You cannot be treated differently than other disabled employees in terms of medical leave and medical insurance.
  • Landlords and building owners must be fair to you when offering housing for sale or rent. They can deny housing to someone who they believe cannot pay but they cannot deny you housing because of your, your child or your spouse’s HIV/AIDS status.
  • Commercial establishments cannot deny you service because they think you have or may have HIV/AIDS.

Contact Our San Francisco AIDS Discrimination Lawyers

There are laws against workplace harassment and discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against because you or a family member has HIV/AIDS, you may have a cause for legal action. Contact a San Francisco AIDS discrimination attorney at The Dolan Law Firm. As attorneys, advocates, and activists, we help put the ‘fair’ back in ‘fair fight.’

There are strict time limits for bringing cases to court. When you talk with a lawyer at The Dolan Law firm, we can explain the statute of limitation for your type of case and the process that must be used to file a claim. Our lawyers work on a contingency meaning that you pay no fees or costs upfront. If we obtain a recovery on your behalf, we receive a percentage of any recovery we obtain for you. No recovery, no fee.