Imagine you are plant manager at a meat packing plant. You have recently implemented policies regarding workers who have contracted the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Proud of this accomplishment, you decide to share your program with the media so that others might look on it as a model of prudent yet humane response to the effects of this tragic disease. Product sales decline. Accompanying this decline come hundreds of letters from customers expressing their concern about your AIDS policies. They are afraid that an infected employee would spread the virus if he or she sneezed, bled, or perspired on meat products during the packaging process. Further complicating the problem is the fact that some of your best workers are seeking jobs elsewhere. These workers believe they should be able to choose not to work next to an employee with AIDS and that they should have a right to know who has AIDS so they can further protect themselves.
©1992 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
"AIDS in the Workplace,"
Draftings In: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol7/iss1/6