Philadelphia Movie Essay

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The movie Philadelphia was inspired by the story of Geoffrey Bowers, a New York City lawyer who was involved in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases. Bowers who was diagnosed with AIDS in April 1986, in May of that year, he received a satisfactory evaluation from the partners at his firm, Baker & McKenzie, but just two months later, he was fired due to what the firm claimed were performance issues. Bowers filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, appealing that he’d been fired because of the AIDS-related skin lesions that had begun to appear on his body. The Division of Human Rights conducted hearings and after several years, finally awarded $500,000 in back pay and damages in 1993, but by that time, Bowers had…show more content…
Since, this film was released life for AIDS diagnosed diseases has definitely changed in the world with the persistent efforts of AIDS activists, and federal and private support for HIV have made it easier for people to get medicine, and live normal long lives. The diagnosis is no longer a death punishment; it is simply a chronic illness. The investment in HIV research has also grown, with area institutions working to advance understandings of the disease. Scientists have also been able to learn more about HIV transmission. Also, in todays society people are not getting released from work just because they have been diagnosed, because all employers are required to follow the “Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees on the basis of disability.” Joe Miller the lawyer, at first was hesitant to help with suing the law firm Wyant & Wheeler generally because of his bias' against gay
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