Ex-McDonald's manager uses discrimination case to become AIDS advocate
The trial begins today in the case of a former McDonald's manager who claims the fast-food giant discriminated against him because he has AIDS.
Russell Rich says he was pressured to resign in 1997, and that left him without health insurance. He has sued the company before and won a five million dollar verdict in 2001.
However, that verdict was overturned by an appeals court that ruled that McDonald's did not receive a fair trial. Now he's trying again to win a claim.
A McDonald's spokesman says the corporation has a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting any form of discrimination. And he says Rich's allegations "are simply not supported by the facts."