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Grenier Cory Background Carla Lombard is a charismatic owner of Better Bagels a successful seven-year-old bagel chain Recently Frances the ex-wife of Tom Walters-an outstanding employee at Better Bagels came to Carla and told her that Tom had AIDS then left Carla felt that she would not be justified to discuss Toms health with him However worried by the possibility that Toms illness might affect the solvency of her business by bringing adverse publicity if news of his illness spread she has been contemplating firing him a swift turnaround from her previous plans of promoting him to manager The case concludes asking if Carla should begin planning for any repercussions if Toms health begins to decline Legal Aspect When it comes to not having a written AIDS policy for the business Carla is not alone In 1988 only a mere 10 of all companies had such a policy Brown Turner 1989 39 In 1987 many US businesses met to discuss predicaments similar to Carlas at a summit titled AIDS Corporate America Responds the participants reached a consensus that they should treat AIDS with the same respect and procedures as they would any other disastrous illness that they abstain from testing employees for the virus and refuse to transfer co-workers whom refuse to work alongside AIDS infected workers Brown Turner 1989 40 The summit did say that more education about the virus was required The summits conclusions were wise since three years later the passage of the 1990 American with Disabilities Act ADA made it illegal to ask current employees if they have HIV or AIDS to test them for the virus or to withdraw a job offer from an employee due to infection hivpositivecom Yet discrimination can be justified if the consequences of not discriminating are bad enough Johnson 1988 49 If the company can prove the employee to be a direct threat to health or safety that the reason for
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