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The Workplace and AIDS Bias

June 26, 1989

Earlier this month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to reject an ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination against people carrying the AIDS virus.

Orange County is now the only urban area in California without such a measure, which would have outlawed discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and county services.

Federal and state laws forbid discrimination against people with AIDS, but activists contended that some provisions make the laws inadequate.

The county's advisory committee on AIDS had recommended passage of the ordinance, which it said would reduce the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome by reassuring those carrying the virus that they could obtain treatment without fear of discrimination.

On Page 6, civil rights attorneys John J. Duran and Marjorie Rushforth participate in a question-and-answer session that focuses on AIDS discrimination in the workplace.

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