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Granite City man said he was evicted because he is HIV-positive

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Noe Farias, Jr alleges he was evicted from his Granite City home because he is HIV-positive. Credit: KMOV Noe Farias, Jr alleges he was evicted from his Granite City home because he is HIV-positive. Credit: KMOV
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Granite City man says his landlord evicted him when he disclosed he was HIV-positive.

Noe Farias, Jr. told News 4 he had lived in the same Granite City home for four years. He said there were occasions in which he was late on his rent but that was never an issue.

Farias claims he disclosed to his landlord that he had HIV and received an eviction notice one month later.

“She (landlord) said ‘first of all you’re late on your rent’ and I said ‘you didn’t give me an eviction notice last month. That was exactly one month ago,'” said Farias. “She then said ‘you didn’t tell me you had HIV, we can sue you for not telling us.'”

News 4 went to the home of landlords Rob and Judy Horgon to get answers, but nobody responded to knocks on the door.

News 4 later contacted Rob Horgon by phone and he denied HIV had anything to do with Farias' eviction.

“The eviction had nothing to do with that. I don’t care if he’s purple, brown or has HIV. Pay your rent,” said Rob Horgon.

Rob Horgon said Farias’ HIV did not bother him, but he did make the following comment:

“You know something, did that guy bother to tell you he’s got an advertisement online for a dating site for people with HIV?”

News 4 later confirmed through that Judy Horgon told a neighbor Farias was evicted because he is HIV-positive.

A legal expert said it is illegal to evict someone if they have HIV.

“Under the Fair Housing Act, disability is one of the protected classes, just the same as race, gender, national origin or religion,” said Zach Schmook, managing attorney with the St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council. “It would be illegal to discriminate against this person in anyway if you determine he has AIDS.”

Farias is considering taking legal action against the Horgon's.

If the Horgon's are found guilty of discrimination, they may be forced to pay punitive damages and a fine.

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