Unformatted text preview: revo's Family Market, Inc., is a family owned grocery store chain in western Michigan.
Prevo's began in the 1940's and now operates seven stores in that portion of the state.
Steven Sharp worked for Prevo's at its store in Traverse City, Michigan, in August of
1992 as a part time produce clerk. He had been transferred to this position from a position
within Prevo's as a full-time employee. n1 On January 13, 1993, after working at Prevo's
for several months, Sharp told his employers that he had tested positive for the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is known to cause acquired immunodeficiency
syndrome (AIDS). n2 Sharp also told his employers he was planning to participate in an
AIDS awareness and education program and would be speaking at Traverse City High
School. He told his employers he would not be mentioning where he worked inasmuch as
he did not believe it to be related to his affliction. A number of Prevo's employees have
children who attend Traverse City High School, and Sharp thought that news of his [**4]
speaking about HIV and AIDS to his employer should come from him rather than
someone else. In a conversation with Dan Prevo, the president of the grocery chain, 212 Sharp and Prevo's discussed the possibility of Sharp working in another part of the store.
Since Sharp was interested in an opening in the cash room, he did not initially object.
Prevo's proceeded to reassign Sharp to a part-time position in the receiving area, with
comparable hours and pay.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Footnotes- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - n1 Sharp had applied for a full-time position in the produce department, but the position
was given to someone else. Sharp does not argue it was the result of discriminatory
action. Sharp asked if a part-time position was available in the produce department. He
was told there was and was warned that in moving from full-time to part-time he would
not be eligible to receive company paid medical benefits. Nonetheless, Sharp chose to
take the part-time produce position.
n2 Sharp admit...
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