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Case Name: School Board of NASSAU CO FLA v. Gene H. ARLINE

Date, Location, Cite: 1987 FL
480 US 273

School teacher had reactivated Tuberculosis in '77; school fired her due to fear of contagion; she sued as a handicapped individual. under '73 Rehabilitation Act; Supreme Court said she was right; to make being contagious an exception would justify discrimination based on ignorance; "otherwise qualified, handicapped individuals are guaranteed equal treatment, due process" (this also protects the public) should be a precedent to AIDS