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Health staffing company settles federal complaint it discriminated against HIV positive job applicant

A Maryland health staffing company has agreed to pay a rejected job applicant $75,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit, according to a consent decree filed Friday in federal court.

The EEOC claimed in the lawsuit that the Robinson office of Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. of Columbia, Md., refused in May 2012 to hire a man to sit with patients at a Veterans Administration hospital because he is HIV positive.

In addition to paying the man, identified only as John Doe, the company has agreed to make annual reports for the next three years providing the names and contact information for each employee who complains about discrimination and everyone it refuses to hire.

“Maxim believes it has complied with all applicable federal and state employment laws,” said company spokeswoman Rebecca Kirkham. “However, this agreement allows us to avoid protracted litigation and move forward with the important work of serving our patients and clients.”

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