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Panel Rules In Favor Of Fired Gay Aide

Thu., July 27, 1995

A grievance board for congressional employees has ruled in favor of a homosexual man who complained that he was fired by Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins because she feared he had the AIDS virus.

Bruce Taylor, 31, a former aide and press secretary to Collins, D-Mich., was earning $40,000 when he was fired Dec. 9, 1994, two days after his partner died of AIDS.

In a confidential decision, the Office of Fair Employment Practice ruled Tuesday that Taylor was fired because Collins and her chief of staff, Meredith Cooper, thought he was HIV positive.

“The Office of Fair Employment Practices finds that (Taylor) was terminated because he was perceived to be HIV positive or to have AIDS and would require time off for health reasons,” wrote hearing officer Edward Hosken Jr.

Collins’ press secretary, Lillian German, said Collins was appealing the decision.

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