If I’m a employee at a fast food chain and another employee got diagnosed with Hep B no work release, can I still be force to work with said employee?

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If I’m a employee at a fast food chain and another employee got diagnosed with Hep B no work release, can I still be force to work with said employee?

Asked on September 3, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can be forced to work with this employee, because the law does not require an employee with Hep B to get medical clearance before he or she can work. Since the other employee legally may work, your employer can require you to work with him or her. If you refuse to work with the other employee, you can be terminated, or even fired "for cause" for ignoring instructions or being insubordinate, which would mean no eligibility for unemployment benefits.


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