Paul Cronan was working for New England Telephone Company while diagnosed with ARC Aids Related Complex and started showing symptoms of AIDS. His supervisors started to get concern with his job performance and health due to his very poor attendance, and the increased amount of absences. During spring 1985, Paul had requested permission on two different days to leave work due to a doctor's appointment. Paul's supervisor Charles O'Brian refused to grant him permission a third time, unless he informs him on the reason for the appointment. Charles O'Brian told Paul Cronan that it is company practice to inform the person's supervisor of any matter which could involve affecting the attendance of an employee. Charles O'Brian insisted on knowing the nature of the doctor's visits. He promised Paul Cronan that the information would be held in confidence.
Charles O'Brian instructed Paul Cronan to see the New England Telephone Company's doctor. The doctor determined that he had AIDS and recommended to see a psychiatrist. Within the company it became public news that he had AIDS. Other employees were getting afraid of the chance of getting AIDS from Paul Cronan. Paul Caronan started to feel very unsafe to return to work and had requested a medical leave. He soon started receiving sickness benefits. Paul Cronan's physician sent a medical certificate stating that he was considered disabled for an estimated time frame of three months. The benefits for being disabled was approved for the three months and then extended for 9 months.
Paul Cronan decided to sue New England Telephone Company for discrimination against his disability. It was decided by Paul Cronan to settle out of court and they had reached an agreement to let him return to work, and reach a financial settlement. They agreed to reassign Paul Cronan to a new facility in Needham. They also denied all of the allegations and... [continues]
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