A summary of Southern California-related business litigation developments during the past week.

From United Press International

GTE Accused of Sex Discrimination: A former sales manager sued GTE Directories Sales Corp. of Cypress on grounds that he was harassed and fired Aug. 9, 1989, because he tested positive for the AIDS virus and his employer thought that he was a homosexual. The Los Angeles Superior Court suit said Steven Manley's supervisors told him that "being gay would cause all sorts of problems" for him and GTE. The suit, which alleges violations of sex discrimination laws, seeks $5 million in general damages, $1 million in special damages and $25 million in punitive damages. GTE denied discrimination, saying Manley was fired because of "substandard performance of his sales unit." (Filed Aug. 7, 1990. Case No. BC007631)

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