It makes sense that employees would not even want their employers and/or coworkers having knowledge of their private medical conditions. And there are laws in place which prevent employers from even asking questions related to an applicant’s medical conditions. In my opinion, when it comes to safety sensitive positions and/or safety sensitive tasks, this policy can cause some serious problems for employees and employers alike.
loss of consciousness, and/or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Seizures, abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who appear to have seizures have epilepsy, a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures.
Employers are now at a serious disadvantage in protecting themselves, and their employees when they are unable to ask basic medical questions of an employee and/or applicant. It’s not about discriminating against employees with medical conditions. It’s about employers being prepared in the event of a medical emergency.
impact their own safety or the safety of those working around them. Employers should be afforded the opportunity to proactively protect their workers from harm. After all, once any serious injury or fatality has occurred, it’s the employer who is solely held accountable.
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