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HIV+ Workers Join Paraplegics In Qualifying As ‘Disabled’ At Work

It used to be that in order to be qualified as disabled in the workplace, and employee would have to have “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” But new rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which go into effect May 24, are going to throw a crap load of American workers into the disabled category. In “virtually all cases,” anyone with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV, and major depressive disorder will now be considered disabled. This is good news, says lesbian Chai Feldblum, the (finally appointed) EEOC commissioner, because disabled people must be accommodated by their employers, either with special facilities or time off. I’m going to wait a beat before accepting any comments about bug chasers now having more reason to seroconvert.

On:           Mar 30, 2011
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    • SparkyO

      What great news! Now I can retire early the next time I get a cold . . . or am feeling a little blue . . . or just don’t feel like going to work. Thanks, ADA!

      Mar 30, 2011 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      @Sparkyo: Sure you can, as long as it’s a documented illness related to a level of impairment that causes you to be unable to perform your essential jôb functions (and the for an extended period).

      Poor sad trôll doesn’t understand disability….

      Mar 30, 2011 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito

      My best friend from college was HIV-positive and unfortunately, he developed full-blown AIDS, contracting PCP pneumonia. He was hospitalized and nearly died.

      Yet, despite recovering, he was left with lung damage, memory loss and nerve damage to his legs and feet. Proving he was disabled was a two year ordeal for him, with his first claim to Social Security denied. He finally prevailed and is receiving SSDI.

      This ruling will be a huge help to the neediest in this country.

      Mar 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oprah


      Mar 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      @Oprah: How tacky of you LOL

      Mar 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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