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Old 10-09-2005, 10:36 PM   #1
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angelbrowneyezz HB User
Angry Bleach Allergy Help

I have had an allergy to bleach for a numerous of years. I have held a job at a resturant for 2 years with them knowing and working around it for me with minor set backs but last night I had a major reaction and now they released me from work all of a sudden and said I could not come back in less I have a dr.'s slip saying I can work with bleach. The problem is I almost died last night with the reaction I had.What do I do

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Old 10-10-2005, 03:23 AM   #2
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Re: Bleach Allergy Help

Find a lawyer, preferably one who specializes in medical cases, and ask him/her for a free consultation. Many will give you 20 free minutes to hear you out and tell you if you have a case or not.

I don't think bleach is required in restraunts for cleaning, it's just cheap, and effective at cleaning...I think it's money that is the real deciding factor here. Other cleaners can be used, like iodine. Organic butcheries exist, and they are just as sanitary as places that use bleach, but they are required to use iodine for the "organic" label. My point is, there are other cleaner's out there the restraunt could use. Maybe you could convince your employer to use another cleaner, if you do your homework and give him/her information about alternatives.

The lawyer will let you know about any rights you might not know you have. Wrongfull termination (firing) from a job based on a medical condition may apply here, and they might hire you back just to avoid a potential lawsuit.
Then again, they might make up an excuse to get rid of you, just to avoid a wrongfull-death lawsuit from your family, should they allow you to work on the premesis in the presence of bleach.

But ask yourself, do you want to go back? If they don't change cleaners at the restraunt, I'd advise you to go someplace where they don't use bleach, or require you to be close to it.

Last edited by Tsarevna; 10-10-2005 at 03:25 AM.

Old 10-10-2005, 04:16 PM   #3
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Re: Bleach Allergy Help

I agree with Tsarevna that it sounds like they are worried about liability if you were to actually have a fatal reaction. If they had a doctor's note from you, they would probably not be held responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit.

That said, if you really want your job back, I think a lawyer could help you get it back. But at the same time, maybe this is an opportunity to get a new one that doesn't involve being around bleach.

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