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Man gets NYPD job he was denied due to HIV
By Kaja Whitehouse
April 11, 2017 | 4:43pm

Raymond Parker
Gregory P. Mango.

A Brooklyn man who was denied an NYPD techie job because of his HIV has been vindicated — with a new offer of employment and a check for $85,000.

Raymond Parker received the job offer and dough as the result of a settlement between the city and the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office, which sued the city after the NYPD yanked Parker’s job offer due to his HIV.

As part of the settlement, announced Tuesday, the city also acknowledged that it was wrong to have disqualified Parker for a job as a police communications technician because of his HIV, which is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Parker, 61 , had applied for the job in July 2013 and was given a “conditional” offer of employment shortly thereafter, according to the feds’ lawsuit.

But after he told the city about his HIV during a routine medical exam, the NYPD requested more information about his CD4 count, a measure of health in people with HIV.

In December 2013, the NYPD sent Parker a “notice of medical disqualification” due to his “low CD4 count.”

“I keep myself in shape. I don’t let my body wither. I live life to the fullest. I felt confident I could do the job,” Parker told The Post after the Manhattan US Attorney’s office sued the city in January.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department didn’t return a request for comment.

“As a result of this lawsuit, the City of New York has acknowledged that HIV status is not a basis to deny an individual employment ,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said. “We will continue to work to ensure that employers do not discriminate against job applicants with disabilities.”
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