Disclosing hepatitis infection to co-workers and employers may bring relief and support, but it can also lead to subtle discrimination. Disclosure of hepatitis in a business environment should be a carefully thought out. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) provides for certain protections from discrimination in the workplace. The ADA describes disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual. Before disclosing a medical condition to an employer, an individual would be well-advised to consult with the ADA or a benefits counselor. A person who is designated as disabled is entitled to protections from any practices in the workplace that could affect wages, benefits, application procedures, job assignments, promotions, etc.. However, having hepatitis or liver disease does not automatically entitle one to these benefits. For example, if a person has asymptomatic disease, they are not automatically entitled to protections. However, they may be entitled to benefits and protection if they are experiencing symptoms.

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