Lawsuit: Mpls. server claims he was fired for being HIV-positive

  • Article by: Abby Simons , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2013 - 11:30 PM

In response to suit, Bar Louie said it does not discriminate.

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claytondeanApr. 16, 13 9:53 PM

What a travesty. To think employers in St. Paul would be so heartless. I'll make sure never to patronize Bar Louie if this is the way they treat people.

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blendedvegApr. 16, 1310:59 PM

If Bar Louie is as innocent as they claim, then why was he removed from the scheduled. It's too bad that the article doesn't say where this young man is working now, so that I can spend my money at a restaurant that doesn't discriminate. Too bad--I like their voodoo chicken, but I won't be patronizing them any more.

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posmplsApr. 17, 1312:49 AM

I lost my mother to HIV and I myself was born as HIV+ I'm now 35 years old still living with the virus but I am now classified as "undetectable" and I live a happy life although I can totally relate to the plight of this young man in your story. When I was a child letters were sent out to inform parents of kids I attended school with letting them know about my health status. Cold stares and an empty lunch table was my experience...I myself was fired after disclosing my status but was to broke/scared/hopeless to pursue charges. I wish nothing but the best for you young man and I'd love to come done with you at your new establishment... Your in my prayers and God is with you

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pattibipieApr. 17, 13 2:28 AM

Wow...my girlfriend and I have been to Bar Louie a few times in the past before going to the lagoon theater. I can't be certain but I believe this young man featured in your story also worked at a former Bar in uptown called The Independent he was such a charming sweet young man and after the Independent closed my girlfriend and I ran into him out at dinner at Bar Louie. Again he was an amazing server and we all chatted about him serving us at his former job and how random to meet again. We can't believe the way he was treated we caught wind of story on Facebook we support Dylan 100% -patti

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amberpearApr. 17, 13 3:04 AM

I'm behind, support and believe in this young man Dylan featured in your story as if he were my own. I lost my brother in 2003 to HIV. He went through similar experiences he was a chef at a hip bar in Chicago, he was fired after they discovered he was HIV + cooking was his life and after losing his job he lost hope and took a different path..this young man could be my brother it takes so much strength, self awareness, and courage to stand up for yourself when it's hard to admit this is your reality. I'm praying for you and believe the truth is on your side!

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hpgn19Apr. 17, 13 6:26 AM

I worked with Dylan at another establishment years ago. He is hardworking and professional and above all honest. I am so sad and angry that this is happening to him. I will not be going to Bar Louie, and will certainly give my opinion to many others regarding my feelings about the way they practice business. I am praying that Dylan is given due justice and hope that this case will serve as a reminder that discrimination will not be tolerated.

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michaelpatrickApr. 17, 13 6:59 AM

claytondean: "What a travesty. To think employers in St. Paul would be so heartless." Bar Louie is in Mpls. Uptown. So you know.

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michaelpatrickApr. 17, 13 7:02 AM

Health insurance cost fears by the employer is a common reason for stuff like this happening. I don't know any more about what's going here than is in this article, so I'm not making an accusation, just a general observation.

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unsinnApr. 17, 13 7:43 AM

michaelpatrick: It's unlikely Dylan was fired to save on high health insurance costs because he was most likely part time and not eligible for employee coverage. Considering he worked there for only a month or so, there are many possibilities as to why he was let go. I'm not stating it didn't happen, but the information in this story is not very convincing.

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sugarsaysApr. 17, 1311:54 AM

An important to story to watch, discrimination can be such a subtle and debatable thing, but it happens and it happens more frequently then most imagine. It is a brave thing for someone to actually take action when they feel or know they have been discriminated against by an employer. It is very easy to brush it off and hope for better treatment or opportunities in the future. Standing and up and opening the discussion via legal action deserves attention by the community.

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