The city of Atlanta has agreed to pay $250,000 to a police applicant who claimed he wasn't hired because he tested HIV positive during medical screening.

The settlement was accepted by Lambda Legal on behalf of "Richard Roe," the psudonym of a 40-year old Georgia man who applied to the Atlanta Police Department in 2006.

The city had contended that a police officer with HIV presents a "direct threat" to the health and safety of others, reports the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.