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Author Topic: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines  (Read 2555 times)

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Offline zach

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Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:09:06 PM »
Six months ago I was fired from Delta while undergoing psychiatric treatment. In the weeks prior to that, my privacy was violated to extent that my AIDS status became common knowledge.

I have never taken part in any type of direct activism. It irks me that Delta is enjoying the publicity of sponsorship, while at the same time facing at least one lawsuit.

Am I being selfish? Any advice on how to proceed?


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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 08:52:27 AM »
just trying to bump this up, i could really use some advice here
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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 10:01:04 AM »
Six months ago I was fired from Delta while undergoing psychiatric treatment. In the weeks prior to that, my privacy was violated to extent that my AIDS status became common knowledge.

I have never taken part in any type of direct activism. It irks me that Delta is enjoying the publicity of sponsorship, while at the same time facing at least one lawsuit.

Am I being selfish? Any advice on how to proceed?


http://www.poz.com/articles/delta_air_lines_hiv_1_22967.shtml

Since you are currently engaged in a lawsuit with Delta, you should first contact your attorney to get his advice on whether it is advisable to protest Delta while you have pending lawsuit against them.  The publicity could have an impact on your case (not sure if it would be positive or negative -- that's why you should contact your attorney).

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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 10:35:01 AM »
Since you are currently engaged in a lawsuit with Delta, you should first contact your attorney to get his advice on whether it is advisable to protest Delta while you have pending lawsuit against them.  The publicity could have an impact on your case (not sure if it would be positive or negative -- that's why you should contact your attorney).

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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 11:43:07 AM »
Were you fired because of your HIV status? Were you discriminated against because of it?

If my employer fired me out of direct or indirect discrimination due to my HIV status I wouldnt give two figs about protesting, I would consider filing a lawsuit however.  At least for lost and projected wages.

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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 12:08:14 PM »
i don't think any company is stupid enough to openly fire someone because of their status.

my privacy was violated. to the point that my aids status became common knowledge. then the jokes started. requests for help from human resources, eap, and glen (gay and lesbian employee network) were all ignored.

sorry i asked the question, i was hoping for guidance in unfamiliar waters.



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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 12:40:01 PM »
i don't think any company is stupid enough to openly fire someone because of their status.

my privacy was violated. to the point that my aids status became common knowledge. then the jokes started. requests for help from human resources, eap, and glen (gay and lesbian employee network) were all ignored.

sorry i asked the question, i was hoping for guidance in unfamiliar waters.

Why are you apologizing? 

You posted a link regarding a lawsuit against delta for HIV discrimination and stated you were fired.  Maybe there is some confusion about the question you are asking.


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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 04:33:47 AM »
I would fight like hell.  Delta is always happy to be in the pride parade make them put up or shut up.  If they do not right this I will be will you walking in front of their float next year claiming bullshit

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Re: Aids Walk Atlanta, thinking of "protesting" Delta Airlines
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 05:35:46 AM »
I was wrongfully fired twice in my life.  It doesn't really matter the "rationale", wrongful termination is incredibly stressful and violating.  And to boot it usually is the final act in a work situation that had been poisonous (so add more stress, more damage.) 
So, you need some professional help on two fronts. 

1) You need expert legal advice - is there anything you can do at this point about the wrongful termination - AND - if there is - is it worth doing?

2) probably some expert attention to your PTSD about the experience. (therapist)

The first time I was wrongfully fired, I walked away from the whole situation. Still,  like a bad breakup after a bad patch in a relationship, it takes time to heal.

The second time, I wanted the job and was super pissed at the bad management that allowed my firing.  I got legal and municipal (employee rights) advice, and actually got my job back.  Caveat, i had already started to see the company's independent Mediator before I was fired.  Well, when I got my job back, she warned me that the toxic situation had not been resolved, and it would be an unpleasant work experience, BUT, it was my right to work, and there are of course ways to protect oneself and move the heat away. 

Anyway, just a few weeks back to work, a dramatic event arrived in my personal life that required my attention. (my partner got seriously sick and also had a mental breakdown.)  I requested of management some temporary accommodation so I could take care of private matters (all staff was on yearly flex schedules and nobody needed to work a fixed amount....)  Of course, the response was poison and resistance.  So, I quit.  Irony!

After that experience, once again, there were regrets and a period of healing to get over the PTSD.  In retrospect - I did learn some good lessons about sticking up for myself and my rights.  But I also learned toxic is toxic is toxic and so the contradictory wisdom is that sometimes its foolish to fight for your right to a toxic experience. 

But, its not easy, is it. And these are our jobs and our salaries, which we need!

I would suggest you see experts and listen VERY carefully to the advice they give you on a few fronts.  You did nothing wrong, people did you wrong, and that sucks.  You deserve better.  If you can redress it, fine, but that's not the only issue, now. Because your life has changed and everyone involved is in a new, different "present", and this issue is about the past.

Best of luck with that.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2012, 05:40:22 AM by mecch »
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