HIV salesman settles claim

A furniture company has settled out-of-court with a former employee who claimed he was forced out of his job after telling his bosses he was HIV positive.

Former salesman Michael Scott, 33, of Newcastle upon Tyne, who worked at Barker and Stonehouse in the city, had claimed he was transferred from sales duties to a warehouse post after telling managers about his condition.

He alleged he was forced to work in gloves and overalls and was claiming constructive dismissal under the Disability Discrimination Act.

In a joint statement Barker and Stonehouse and Scott said, “The terms of the settlement are confidential between the parties.”

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