HIV & AIDS: Employment Focus

The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 established vital legal protections for people with disabilities including those living with HIV and AIDS. These legal protections, while fundamental to creating an equal playing field, do not end discrimination on their own. Rather, systemic educational and training efforts are required to create lasting culture change towards inclusion.

Today, discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS persists. Fear, stigma, and basic misinformation remain at the root of much of this discrimination and continue to drive exclusions from private and public sector employment opportunities.

Inclusive employers know that creating welcoming workplaces across a wide spectrum of workforce diversity is not only the right thing to do, but is also good business practice. Employers that create welcoming workplaces for people living with HIV or AIDS stand to benefit in recruiting and retaining workers as well as in gaining ongoing increased productivity and engagement.


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