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Zones of Indifference and the American Workforce: The Case of Persons with HIV/AIDS

Author: JAMES D. SLACK
Published in PAQ, Vol. 25 No. 3

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of employees
with HIV/AIDS but much can happen within the work setting to thwart
or facilitate the intent of this piece of legislation. Informal behavior and
unofficial practice are often influenced by the organization’s zone of
indifference. This article examines the nature of the zone of indifference
when it comes to the issue of employees having HIV/AIDS.
Using qualitative analysis, four lessons are drawn.

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