Should a potential employer tell a candidate if he/she has had COVID-19?
I just had a phone interview that went fantastic. The employer asked if I would be willing to commute into his very small office (his words, not mine) in downtown NYC and work with him in person.
I thanked him but mentioned that as much as I love NYC, I don't feel safe there with the recent surge in cases. I asked if he would be willing to consider letting me work remotely at least through the winter and we could reassess the situation in the Spring.
AFTER I expressed concern over the virus, he *then* said that he understood my concern because he and his entire family had the virus over the summer, but that he had since resumed business as usual anyway and was looking for someone who would help.
I was floored. If I had agreed to take the position at the outset, he likely would never had told me he had the virus. Why would I want to work for someone who has no problem putting me at risk like that, just because he wants to make more money? How productive can I be if I end up in a hospital? Shouldn't potential employers be human enough to inform candidates of possible risks?
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