I received a phone call this evening from a relative. Her husband has eczema. He works at Starbucks. He is required to keep his hands clean. {we hope right!} Due to his eczema he has prescription cleansers and disinfectants that he uses to keep his hands clean. His immediate supervisor at work has repeatedly thrown out his prescription cleansers and demanded that he use the cleansers provided by Starbucks. He has provided this supervisor with a doctor's note. This evening the supervisor wrote him up for not meeting hygienic standards, sent him home and told him that he would be contacted by Starbucks's legal representative tomorrow. He should not return to work until told to do so.

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Comment by Cailin Yates on July 28, 2009 at 5:19am
skin disorders are actually covered under the American with Disabilities Act. We are allowed to treat our skin at work.
Comment by Nicole A. on June 12, 2009 at 10:32am
Your friends husband should get a lawyer. This discrimination is based out of ignorance. People who have not actually experienced eczema or have a close friend or relative that suffer from it do not understand the extent of the disease. My 10 month old has had horrible eczema from birth. Thank goodness it is under control now but it was just awful to see how unconfortable she was. I have to claim that I too was ignorant until my baby was diagnosed.

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