Law: AIDS Goes to Court

Victims of the disease sue to stop discrimination

Eight months after a diagnosis in January 1984 revealed that he had AIDS, Todd Shuttleworth was fired from his job as a budget analyst for Florida's Broward County. "We just couldn't take the chance of anything happening to employees or to anyone visiting the office," explains John Canada, budget and management policy director for the county. Many AIDS victims who feel wronged hesitate to embark on legal battles that they may not live to see completed. Not Shuttleworth. He brought a $15 million lawsuit against the county, and has continued to press it while struggling through AIDS-related pneumonia and meningitis.


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