"When Michael Lamarre applied for a job as a baggage screener at the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale Airport, the Transportation Security Administration turned him down because he has HIV.
That's discrimination, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a complaint with the federal agency's national civil rights office Thursday, demanding a job for Lamarre, a veteran.
TSA officials told Lamarre they denied him the job for his own good, reasoning that as a baggage screener he would be in enclosed spaces and highly susceptible to infection.
But Lamarre, who has had HIV for almost 20 years, said he was "dumbfounded and angry" about the rejection letter he received last month. HIV has never prevented him from doing a job."