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Sacked Greek worker who was HIV positive awarded €14,000 by European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

A Greek jewellery worker who was HIV positive, was sacked after co-workers voiced their objections to his continued employment. The domestic courts dismissed his complaints on what the ECtHR described as ‘clearly inaccurate information’. This included the contagious nature of the illness and the fact they had failed to explain how the interests of the employer outweighed those of the employee.

The ECtHR held that articles 8 and 14 had been violated and awarded the complainant €14,000.