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28 Sep 2000

Jane Standley, BBC News

SA landmark HIV ruling

South Africa's constitutional court has handed down a landmark ruling that an employer cannot refuse a job to a person who tests positive for HIV…The ruling follows a case in which South Africa's national airline refused to employ a cabin attendant who tested positive…Under new employment legislation, it is now illegal in South Africa to test people for HIV. But Mr Hoffman applied for his job before the law came into force…The airline now has to offer Mr Hoffman the same job for which he had applied and must pay all his costs…