Case Analysis: Danville Airlines

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Introduction Danville Airlines has created an ethical and legal dilemma by not being accurate, precise and clear on how they are doing medical testing, causing undue stress and potentially career-ending circumstances for David Reiger, one of their best pilots. What Danville did was illegal and unethical due to negligence. David Reiger has every right to sue them to continue flying, and the medical evidence suggests that the Huntington's disease gene can be dormant for decades before being active and changing a person's nervous system (Darden, 2004). The company has violated the 1974 Privacy Act, the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. As is best practice with the nascent, emerging field of genetic testing, Danville did not warn Reiger of the testing taking place, did not get his permission, and didn't even have a process in place for dealing with pilots, whom the traveling public relies on for safe transport, when they are tested positive for these types of diseases (Murry, Wimbush, Dalton, 2001). Clearly Reiger would win any lawsuit, the collateral damage to Danville being the lack of oversight and gross negligence in managing health screening. Analysis of Case While there are many benefits to genetically screening employees including the ability to capture and isolate potentially life-threatening diseases and conditions, in addition to the potential to help the employee and their family cope with

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