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Im about to start a new job. Am I required to disclose my

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I'm about to start a new job. Am I required to disclose my HIV positive status to my employer? I will not be using their health insurance program.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Patrick, Esq. replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question.

People with HIV do not have to disclose their HIV status to their employer unless specifically required by statute (for example, upon applying for a position in the military) or unless the position is one where there is a foreseeable risk of transmission of HIV to another person in the workplace.

Furthermore, an employer with 15 or more employees is actually prohibited from discriminating against any employee or prospective employee on the basis of their HIV positive status, so even if your employer did become aware that you have HIV, he or she could not take any adverse employment action against you as a result.

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