A 44-year-old man in Iowa has claimed he was physically and verbally abused because of his HIV status and then sacked from his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.

Daniel Carver has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission alleging he was fired because of his sexuality and HIV+ status.

He is seeking damages for disability and employment discrimination.

Since last year gay people in Iowa have been legally protected from discrimination at work.

Mr Carver claims being HIV+ is a physical disability.

He was sacked in February after four months.

He claims he was given reduced hours, called names and threatened and was punched by a manager at the McDonald’s restaurant in Dryersville.

The Iowa Telegraph Herald reported:

“He claims it started with a failed promise to be promoted to manager and a full-time schedule slashed to 10 to 15 hours per week.

“A manager punched him in the stomach and a fellow employee called him a ‘faggot rat’ and slapped him with a piece of cheese.

“Then, the discrimination escalated into death threats from fellow employees.”

A spokesperson for Karpinski Enterprises, the owner of the McDonald’s in Dyersville, told KCRG TV that the accusations are unfounded.