Life-Threatening Illnesses in the Workplace

Employees with life-threatening/incapacitating illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, severe mental illness and AIDS, often wish to continue their normal pursuits, including work, to the extent allowed by their condition. Agnes Scott College supports these endeavors as long as employees are able to meet acceptable performance standards. As in the case of other disabilities, the College will make reasonable accommodations, in accordance with all legal requirements, to allow qualified employees with life-threatening/incapacitating illnesses to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Medical information on individual employees is treated confidentially. Agnes Scott will take reasonable precautions to protect such information from inappropriate disclosure. Managers and other employees have a responsibility to respect and maintain the confidentiality of employee medical information. Anyone inappropriately disclosing such information is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Employees with questions or concerns about life-threatening/incapacitating illnesses are encouraged to contact the Office Human Resources for information and referral to appropriate services and resources.


Policy No.  800  Issued  1/1/2004