Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome and the ADA

March 1, 2003

A 24-year-old woman has excelled at her receptionist job at a prominent cosmetic dermatology office. She is an employee at will; that is, she has no employment contract. She has recently attended a conference at which Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome is discussed. At that time she discloses that, although she has no stigmata for the disease, she has a strong family history for this genetically transmitted disease. Shortly thereafter she is terminated from her job. She is not given a reason for the termination but suspects it is related to her genetic predisposition.