NationsBank granted rehearing Maryland branch named in discrimination case


(Editor's note: The following article corrects an erroneous report by Bloomberg Business News that appeared in Friday's editions of The Sun.)

NationsBank Corp.'s Maryland branch has been granted a rehearing by the full U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving discrimination charges filed by an HIV-positive employee who was fired.

The court, in Richmond, Va., approved NationsBank's appeal for an en banc hearing before the court's 16 judges.

In its Dec. 3 ruling, the court also vacated an opinion filed Sept. 19 by a three-judge appellate panel that would have brought the case to trial. That opinion ruled in favor of former NationsBank salesman William Runnebaum.

The date for NationsBank's rehearing hasn't been set.

Runnebaum, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, sued the company in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore in 1993, after he was fired for allegedly failing to complete certain assignments and allegedly "failing to present a professional image." Runnebaum was hired in June 1991 by a Baltimore branch of NationsBank.

Runnebaum was fired in January 1993 by his supervisor, who said she decided to fire him before she learned he was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. Papers filed in the case said the supervisor learned of Runnebaum's infection around the time she met his gay lover at a company banquet in December 1992.

An official at Charlotte, N.C.-based NationsBank Corp. said yesterday that the company "couldn't comment on pending litigation."

Pub Date: 12/10/96

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