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Relevant Facts The Paul Cronan case highlights some of Americas prejudices and the reason why employment laws are necessary MrCronan was a long-time employee thirteen-year tenured employee of New England Telephone Company NET whose sexual preferences caused him to contact Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS As a service technician his ailment left him missing work often to gain necessary treatment His supervisor confronted him asking for explanation as to the missed work and even though this supervisor promised confidentiality word quickly spread of Mr Cronans ailment throughout the organization Prejudices were evident as outlined in the case study leaving him to fear for his safety on a daily basis As his company illness benefits were discontinued NET placed Mr Cronan on Long-Term Disability effectively terminating his employment and leaving him with half his normal monthly income In December of 1985 Mr Cronan enlisted the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts CLUM to assist in filing a civil lawsuit charging violations of privacy law and discrimination against him Through an out-of-court settlement it was agreed that Mr Cronan could return to work and accommodations would be made at NET for his reinstatement On October 22 1986 twenty-nine employees of NET walked off their jobs to protest the return to work by a co-worker afflicted with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS For the preceding sixteen months the affected Mr Cronan had been embroiled in litigation touching upon issues raised pertaining to his employment status Legal Issues Even though the case did not go to trial no legal decisions were made and this suit established no legal precedent here are some relevant legal issues 1 Was Mr Cronans reasonable expectation of privacy violated 2 Did NET follow Employment Laws 3 Is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS recognized as a legally remediable disability 4 Do persons afflicted with AIDS enjoy a legally protected status 5 Was Mr Cronans proposed discharge from employment discriminatory or pretextual
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