Once they know, bosses sack or demote HIV patients

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PETALING JAYA: Five people were sacked and one was forced to resign due to discrimination against those with HIV, a report by the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) shows.

The MAC HIV and Human Rights Mitigation Report 2015 released today is a compilation of 15 discriminatory cases reported last year.

These cases were reported to the MAC policy department which interacted with the individuals directly to ensure accuracy.

According to the report, five of the complainants were sacked after their employers found out they had HIV.

Two of the terminations occurred in five-star city hotels, one in a government-linked public transport company, one in a golf and country club, and one in an entertainment venue.

The report also recorded a complainant was forced to resign due to the HIV status.

Another complainant was demoted and asked to undergo a HIV test by the company’s panel doctor.

Others complained of discriminatory service at government health clinics.

In the foreword, MAC president Bakhtiar Talha urged employers to recognise the negative impact of discrimination on their businesses due to lack of HIV knowledge.

“Not only does HIV discrimination in the workplace cost productivity and profitability due to loss of talent, it also calls into question the employer’s ability and commitment to protect the rights of the employees.”

According to the health ministry, 3,330 new HIV infections were reported last year.