• Austria's news in English
 
app_header_v3

HIV-positive man awarded damages for unfair dismissal

The Local · 4 Feb 2016, 13:25

Published: 04 Feb 2016 13:25 GMT+01:00

The gay rights group RKL represented the man in court, arguing that he was unfairly dismissed.

Under Tyrol’s Equal Treatment Act the man now stands to be awarded a lump sum in compensation and Tyrol state will also have to pay out a sum equal to what he could have earned and accrued in pension benefits had he not been sacked, RKL president and lawyer Helmut Graupner said.

The defendant was allegedly stalked by his ex-partner and outed by his employer, the State of Tyrol, as HIV-positive and gay. He said that he had been told by his bosses that he should look for another job - and a few days later his contract was terminated.

His employers argued that his dismissal had nothing to do with his sexuality, and that they had already decided to terminate his contract before discovering he was HIV-positive.

Graupner said the court’s decision was “a pioneering and just judgement” and that it was the first time that an Austrian court had granted compensation in a case of discrimination against someone with HIV.

Story continues below…

The court’s decision is not final and can still be appealed.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Op ed
Life as a new expat in Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Anastasia Gromontova is a student recently arrived from Ukraine. She writes about her experience as an expat in Vienna in her first year.

Second MERS case reported in Austria
Photo: JJRON/Wikimedia

According to a report from the WHO, a second case of the Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) has now been reported in Austria.

Fire chief in Lower Austria confirmed as arsonist
Photo: Wolfsbach Feuerkommandant

The fire chief of Wolfsbach in Lower Austria has admitted to starting seven separate fires that amounted to €80,000 in damages.

Woman found stabbed to death in Vienna's Favoriten district
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A 53-year-old woman was found stabbed to death with a kitchen knife early on Tuesday morning in Vienna’s Favoriten district.

Immigration to cause massive increase in benefit costs
Austria saw a record 90,000 people apply for asylum last year. Photo: UNHCR

A new study suggests that social welfare is under pressure in Austria because of the influx of migrants over the last year.

Dominatrix convicted for customer's strangulation death
Photo: Hadron137/Wikimedia

An Austrian prostitute was convicted Monday over the death of a sadomasochist client left to die with a noose and a shoelace around his neck in a Vienna hotel room.

Dominatrix in court after deadly sex game claims a life
Image: Mulher Gotica 2/Wikimedia

A prostitute is on trial accused of causing intentional serious bodily harm resulting in death, after a 45-year-old client of hers was found hanging in a hotel room.

Suspicious wife travelled to Graz with husband's entrails
The customs officers weren't expecting to find entrails. Photo: Europol

Customs officers at an Austrian airport were taken aback to find human entrails in the bag of a Moroccan traveller, who said they belonged to her dead husband.

Merkel wants to send back failed migrants
Photo: FNDE/Wikimedia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum.

Police officer run over by prisoner on day release
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A police officer in Vienna is in a critical condition after being knocked down by a prisoner on day release who was riding a Yamaha motorbike at full speed.

Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Those surprising Austrians!
National
100 years since the last emperor's death
National
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Lifestyle
Have fun in September!
National
Der you learn Deutsch?
Culture
Delighted by the light
National
Beware these passport scams
National
Of course we skipped Oarsch
National
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
Yodel-ei-ei-eee--oh
Lifestyle
10 years after her escape from captivity
Politics
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
National
Another 10 million Euros for fresh elections
Gallery
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Society
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Gallery
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
National
It's gonna be hot... here's how to cope
National
Europe's ice cream capital
Travel
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
National
How to make friends in Austria
2,466
jobs available