CRUISE LINE SETTLES HIV CASEPosted On: Jan. 5, 1997 12:00 AM CST
MIAMI-Dolphin Cruise Line Inc. must pay $75,000 in compensatory damages to an entertainer it refused to hire after the man tested positive for HIV, under terms of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In 1992, Dolphin forwarded a signed employment contract to a man that the company intended to hire to sing and dance on its cruise ships.
Among the terms of the contract was an AIDS test. When the man tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, the cruise line rescinded its offer of employment.
The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of the man, claiming that Dolphin and a Columbus, Ohio-based employment agency the entertainer worked with violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The employment agency, American Entertainment Productions Inc., must pay the entertainer $15,000 in back pay and compensatory damages.
Insurance coverage information was unavailable.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also prohibited both companies from requiring pre-employment HIV tests and ordered both companies to train manage-ment on the requirements of the ADA.