||Litespeed founder Jamie
Litespeed Management, the $1.2 billion event-driven firm
founded by Jamie Zimmerman, has strongly denied a
recent lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and the
unlawful termination of an employee who is HIV-positive.
Joey Grant Luther, a five-year Litespeed employee, alleged
last week in New York State Superior Court that his tenure at
Litespeed came to an abrupt end this year when he refused to
disclose HIV-positive status to the firm’s new
life insurance provider beginning in January. The lawsuit
alleged that as Luther began to have more doctors’
visits, Zimmerman determined that her employee must have been
HIV-positive, and began aggressively questioning him in
February about medical appointments during the work day.
"Zimmerman called Mr. Luther and screamed at him that if he
was going to be sick or have surgery he needed to 'plan his
recovery better,’" the...