Hepatitis C in the Workplace

Unless it hinders one’s ability to work, it is not mandatory to disclose HCV status to current or prospective employers. Sharing information about one’s hepatitis C condition is not necessary, except where the employment is at risk. The stigma of hepatitis C often evokes strong reactions in co-workers and associates, usually due to fear or ignorance. Speak to your HR department, if required. But even to them, a general disclosure of chronic illness is sufficient. Ask in writing for any consensus reached with the HRD, and confidentiality of the information shared.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

The ADA bars discrimination and makes sure people with disabilities get equal opportunities at work and elsewhere. ADA provides limited protection for people with hepatitis C.

  • Having hepatitis C does not automatically imply disability. The ADA protects “qualified individuals with disabilities”. If one cannot work because of a disability, no protection is available.
  • Termination only because of hepatitis C is not legal. Not doing your job however, can be grounds for termination, even if the reason is a disability.

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  • The ADA applies to workplaces with minimum 15 employees
  • The ADA helps people who can work provided reasonable accommodations, such as time off for treatment, paid/unpaid leave during treatment, are made to enable them to carry on working after treatment.

Refer to the ADA regulations or ask a benefits counsellor for more information. Help of local Equal Employment Opportunity Counsellor can be taken in case of disputes.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA “entitles eligible employees to take unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same conditions as if the employee had not taken leave”.

Subject to certain pre-conditions, up to 12 weeks of leave in a twelve month period can be taken under FMLA, even by care givers. Opt for this only if sick leave is unavailable, as leave under FMLA is unpaid. Refer FMLA site for further information.

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