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Jobs: Protecting the Rights of Workers

August 28, 1994

Re: Supplying Compassion, Aug. 21 (cover story).

In the article about AIDS patients and the elderly living side by side in a Palms nursing home, we discover that none of the regular geriatric staffers wanted to help the AIDS-afflicted. Administrator Michael Togan traced this to an employee in charge of staff development who had a phobia about AIDS, and he fired her.

Apparently, the irony of this situation is lost on many readers and on writer Linda Feldman. In our New Age society, populated by Boomer managers, the Americans With Disabilities Act protects just about every employee from discrimination--from those with acute alcohol problems to those who see "little green people everywhere" or any similar phobia. But the Politically Correct Police can run rampant over the employment rights of those who do not agree with their view of the world. Even if that disagreement is anchored in mental difficulties.

Suffice it to say that this country and this community is setting itself up for quite serious problems that will derive from the dictums of the liberal control freaks who have taken to telling us what to think and how to live. The issue here is that the self-righteous Politically Correct Gestapo views itself as possessing the right to apply a whole raft of double standards when it comes to their causes. Their dogma has this infantile way of running headlong into itself and I hope this terminated employee explores her legal rights.

KIP DELLINGER, Santa Monica

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