Is it okay for my employer to make me work with a contagious infection?

I was recently at work and I thought that I had pink eye. I let my managers know but they denied me

medical treatment even though it’s a highly contagious infection. Do you know who I should contact besides my direct manager about this problem?

Asked on March 17, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had sick time or PTO that you could have used, your employer was under no duty to let you leave, even if if you thought that you had a contagious condition. The fact is that most employment is "at will' which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore, unless you have rights under the terms of a union agreement or employment contrat, you have no claim here.


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