Thursday, May 24, 2012

Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive, By Dan Fastenberg, May 22nd 2012 #nurseup #nursefriendly

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Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive, By Dan Fastenberg, May 22nd 2012:”According to the lawsuit, the hospital fired the woman because administrators didn’t believe that she could perform ”the essential function of administering medications” because of her HIV-positive status.

The Centers for Disease Control says the HIV virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids or damaged tissue of an infected person, most commonly through sexual intercourse or the sharing of needles. After the outbreak of the AIDS virus in the 1980s, those Americans with the virus were eventually granted protected status as part of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

As a result, Americans with the disease must be given equal opportunity in public accommodations, transportation and employment. As long as the virus does not prevent the worker from carrying out the duties of his or her job, then the employer cannot fire someone simply because they have the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, says Katharine W. Kores, district director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office.”

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