Dentist Office Bans HIV+ Employee from Touching Doorknobs

  • GQjock

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    Dec 10, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Shortly after testing positive for HIV, James White informed his Great Expressions Dental Clinic office manager of his status, but asked that she keep his health private. Imagine White’s surprise days later when he was summoned by the company’s regional director and berated for “having AIDS.”
    he was prohibited from touching doorknobs in the office. Staff members followed him around with Lysol, spraying and wiping down the surfaces he touched.


    http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2011/12/09/dentist-office-bans-hiv-employee-from-touching-doorknobs-sprays-him-with-lysol/
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    Dec 10, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    Ya got to love the ENORMOUS Lysol ad smack in the middle of this story!
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    Dec 10, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    Very upsetting to read this. I wish him only the best.

    As for those at the dentist office who made his life miserable. . . I wish them the world's worst toothache.
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    Dec 10, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    I saw this on the local news this evening here in the Detroit area. It is always nice to avoid companies that are such jerks to employees, but unfortunately in this case it would difficult for some to do. Great Expressions is large company and for many people it is who there company has contracted to provide dental care as part of their dental plan. So for some, the choice is to go to them to get their insurance to pay for it or go somewhere else and pay full price.
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    it is difficult to believe that people today are still so ignorant about HIV...for the 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000th time....you cannot catch it by touching doorknobs after someone who has HIV/AIDS...same goes for handshakes,hugs or any kind of touching....
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidVery upsetting to read this. I wish him only the best.

    As for those at the dentist office who made his life miserable. . . I wish them the world's worst toothache.


    Hey- I would have knocked their teeth out. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    I feel very badly for this poor guy. First, with the meds available now, he'll likely be okay as long as he follows his doctor's advice and lives a healthy lifestyle - while taking his meds.

    Second - if he had been my buddy, I would have advised him NOT to share his PHI (private health information) with the bitch he worked for. There was no Need To Know basis. It isn't as though he is ill, and needing to warn her that he'll be taking time off in increments for hospitalizations and MD visits. If he is healthy, he would have been able to keep this news private.

    Sadly - when I lived in Arizona for several years, I saw a few people get canned for sharing this private news. They thought they were being upfront and honest. How the wind changed with homophobic and ill informed employers. You might be reading this saying to yourselves, "They can't fire you for disclosing this."

    Want to bet?

    I just wish this guy didn't have to go through this Hell. Now you just watch - while they may try to find reasons to let him go (i.e. downsizing, reorganization, sudden performance problems, or other such bull). It may be wise for him to begin planning his exit.

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    Dec 10, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    LLLMMMMMAAAAAOOOOOO

    that is all
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
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    Dec 10, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    If he gets the cold or flu in the future, he should touch every surface of that office. Maybe even offer to shake everyone's hand.
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidYa got to love the ENORMOUS Lysol ad smack in the middle of this story!


    That is funny, but it's because the article mentioned lysol. Don't be surprised to see lysol ads on here now, lol.
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    OMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif
  • Puppy80

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    Dec 10, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Wow, that is just horrible. I hope the judge brings a big payout for him against this place.

    If I was a client of this dentist, after reading this story I think I would show up for my appointment with a big case of Lysol of my own, leave it on the reception desk with a note saying "I don't think there is enough Lysol in the world that would help kill the bigotry and ignorance in this office but you can try" icon_evil.gif then walk out the door.
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is that a serious question or did I offend you or something else? icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is that a serious question or did I offend you or something else? icon_cry.gif


    If you honestly think you could catch HIV off a door knob, maybe you should just kill yourself now.
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is that a serious question or did I offend you or something else? icon_cry.gif


    If you honestly think you could catch HIV off a door knob, maybe you should just kill yourself now.

    Jeez. It was a joke. People on here need to stop taking things so seriously. I am sorry jeez.
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    Fact saidLLLMMMMMAAAAAOOOOOO

    that is all



    I guess I just fail to find any humor in discrimination and a man losing his job.
  • commoncoll

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    Dec 10, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    Surprising: the business chose not to settle out of court. Do they think they will win? Admittedly though, the story is rather one sided.
  • dancedancekj

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    Dec 10, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    I hope Great Expressions goes bankrupt when he wins his case.
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    Dec 10, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is that a serious question or did I offend you or something else? icon_cry.gif


    If you honestly think you could catch HIV off a door knob, maybe you should just kill yourself now.

    Jeez. It was a joke. People on here need to stop taking things so seriously. I am sorry jeez.
    Your method of joking seriously sucks dick.

    How did I know you were going to reply to this.
  • DR2K

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    Dec 10, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Lysol barely kills small weak ass germs. Fucking noobs. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc said
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite said
    likewatuc saidOMG I feel so bad. I am sooo mysophobic (PC term for germaphobic lol) that is sounds like something I would do. I'd be petrified to know he is HIV+. I'd use bleach though, lysol doesn't do anything. Bleach eradicates everything. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yes, I feel very bad for him. icon_sad.gif


    Really? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Is that a serious question or did I offend you or something else? icon_cry.gif


    If you honestly think you could catch HIV off a door knob, maybe you should just kill yourself now.

    Jeez. It was a joke. People on here need to stop taking things so seriously. I am sorry jeez.
    Your method of joking seriously sucks dick.

    I can't believe people don't understand HIV. I might start telling my friends I'm HIV positive just to see how they'd react.

    It was a joke, yes a bad one and I apologized for it. I have sent him multiple messages. And I know what I need to know about HIV. I don't know what the hell is your problem with me.

    Constantly making indirect remarks and snide comments. What's your problem huh?

    What did I say or do to you? I thought we were okay when we were messaging and then all of a sudden you start being a dick with me. What did I do?
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    Dec 10, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
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    Iceblink saidI saw this on the local news this evening here in the Detroit area. It is always nice to avoid companies that are such jerks to employees, but unfortunately in this case it would difficult for some to do. Great Expressions is large company and for many people it is who there company has contracted to provide dental care as part of their dental plan. So for some, the choice is to go to them to get their insurance to pay for it or go somewhere else and pay full price.

    Where are they, Robb----in the city? in the 'burbs? Sounds like Macomb county, but that's just the hater in me.... icon_evil.gif



    150 locations in 7 states, including your state of Florida. I don't know why they didn't just accept the $185,000 settlement suggested by the EEOC to just try and get this out of the news. It can't be that much to a company this size and I am sure they have insurance.

    http://www.greatexpressions.com/
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    Dec 10, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    They are REALLY dumb for even having this as a problem when you don't know WHO has Aids unless they have made it known. Also you can't contract Aids that way, anyways.