Charlie Sheen just announced he’s HIV positive. While Sheen is rich and famous and has all sorts of legal things set up to protect him and his interests, most people with HIV lead much more normal lives. In fact, you may have some people with HIV sitting in the next cubicle and you’d never know it. If you do know it, however, there are laws you must follow. Here’s what you need to know about HIV in the workplace.
Yes, you can (and should have) fired Mr. Sheen.
By all reports, Charlie Sheen was difficult to work with. He used drugs and drank and was not responsible and, well, pick up an issue of a gossip magazine if you want the details. The reality is when he lost his job on Two and a Half Men it wasn’t because of his HIV status, but because of his behavior.
Having HIV, or another disease or disability, doesn’t mean you can be a full-fledged jerk. It doesn’t mean you can be a low performer. It does mean that you can’t be fired because of your illness (see below), but you can be fired for unrelated reasons.
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