Litespeed Management denies lawsuit alleging discrimination against HIV-positive ex-employee

By Rob Copeland

Thu Jun 14, 2012



Former employee sues $1.2 billion hedge fund for $2 million.


 
  Litespeed founder Jamie Zimmerman

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...

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