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Subway Restaurant Accused of Firing Employee for Being HIV-Positive

09/30/2015 04:05 EDT | Updated 09/30/2015 04:59 EDT

A Subway restaurant in Sheridan, Indiana, is now facing a federal lawsuit after firing an employee.

The franchise fired the man, listed as John Doe in the lawsuit, after he told his manager that he was HIV-positive, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) lawsuit.

The man's manager allegedly responded by asking “What if you cut yourself?” and “What if our customers find out?” She then informed him that she would have to contact the district manager to find a solution, according to Fox 59.

After about a month, she informed the man that the district manager thought he might be a liability to the company and that they would have to let him go.

The man is now suing the company for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits employment discrimination based on a disability.

"We believe that this individual was terminated simply because of ignorance and fear that customers would find out, but that's not an excuse for terminating somebody," EEOC attorney Nancy Dean Edmonds told Fox59.

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