Strayer University Problems with High Blood Pressure Discussion

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Discuss the following:

Brad is an air traffic controller for a private airport that works with exclusive executive clients. He has significant problems with high blood pressure. He has changed his diet and takes medication, but the problem persists. His wife thinks he should find other employment because his job is very stressful and contributes to his high blood pressure. She believes that if he continues at the job, he could have a heart attack. Brad is an avid runner and healthy otherwise. Brad has no training for any other job. Based on this scenario, you are Brad’s boss.

  • Determine what the company’s options are and whether Brad qualifies for workers’ compensation due to his health issues. Be sure to explain when you are eligible for workers’ compensation and what the law is. Analyze the key legal and ethical issues faced by the employer throughout the process.
  • What is the Direct Threat Defense and could it protect the company if they fired Brad?
  • Workplace safety is very important today. Once an employer is “informed” about a potential risk for violence in the workplace, it exposes itself to liability for negligence if it “fails to take reasonable steps” to prevent injury. What steps are “reasonable” if you are an employer and must consider safety in the midst of a potential risk of violence in the workplace? Share your thoughts?
  • Please respond to the following peer posting: Determine what the company’s options are and whether Brad qualifies for workers’ compensation due to his health issues. Be sure to explain when you are eligible for workers’ compensation and what the law is. Analyze the key legal and ethical issues faced by the employer throughout the process.
  • Honestly Brad isn’t eligible for any workers comp because he didn’t get injured on the job. Per the description, he is in good bill of health aside from the stress of work thus he should contact his direct supervisor and discuss options on less workload, shift change, etc. Another argument is to have him go to the doctors and have a stress test completed to determine what is causing his high blood pressure and for him to be prescribed medication and or some form of stress reliever.

    • What is the Direct Threat Defense, and could it protect the company if they fired Brad?

    Direct threat is a defense that employers may raise to a charge of employment discrimination against persons with disabilities. In some instances, a person’s limitations may pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others in the workplace. Where there is no reasonable accommodation available that can negate that threat, employers may use the direct threat defense. An employer may refuse to hire someone who would pose a direct threat to the health of safety of themselves and others in the workplace. If Brad’s ailments fall under as a disability then yes it can protect him under the disability act, but high blood pressure isn’t a disability thus unless he is not performing his job duties diligently, then no he cannot be fired. I believe yes this is a form of discrimination if his boss tries to fire him for a sickness.

    • Workplace safety is very important today. Once an employer is “informed” about a potential risk for violence in the workplace, it exposes itself to liability for negligence if it “fails to take reasonable steps” to prevent injury. What steps are “reasonable” if you are the employer and must consider safety in this regard? Share your thoughts?

    Reasonable steps would be to have the employees of the company have intake on courses of action on what to do, presentations, and complete demonstrations annually. If an employee fails to adhere to this policy, then they have a right to be terminated for not completing annual training.

    https://www.pubintlaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Direct-Threat.pdf

Prof. Angela

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