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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.