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Tukwila Man Sues Care Center, Says Fired Because He Has Hiv

A Tukwila man is suing a Seattle long-term care center, contending he was fired from his job because he is infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

Mark Rivard, 35, was dismissed Aug. 27, 1996, from his job as a food services manager at Laurelwood Care Center, two weeks after he says he told a supervisor he was HIV positive.

Rivard, in a complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court, accuses the Laurelwood Care Center of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and a state anti-discrimination law.

“We really don’t believe there was a basis for his firing,” said Rivard’s lawyer, Diana Danzberger.

Sunrise Healthcare, a New Mexico corporation that owns and operates Laurelwood Care Center, denied the allegations in a responding complaint filed last week.

Laurelwood’s lawyer, Ralph Pond, said Rivard’s supervisor “didn’t know he was HIV positive.”