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5 Jan 2009

Kingsley Obom-Egbulem, behavioural change and communications expert, IDEA WORKS [Nigeria]

Nigeria: HIV And Employability

…These days, employers…require more than just what their job advertisement says: ...an obnoxious policy of testing applicants for HIV. That was the situation Dunni Adesegun…faced…when she applied to work as accountant with a prominent oil company…Adesegun's denial of employment never got to the court. Her silence…informed by three principal factors - lack of faith in the ability of Nigeria's law courts to dispense justice speedily, desire to avoid the stigma…and…insufficient evidence to challenge such discrimination in court…These fears have continually been exploited by employers…Standard Chattered Bank is…teaching other companies how to…operate a humane workplace as regards HIV/AIDS policy. In Nigeria…Nigerian Breweries, Sheraton Lagos [part of Starwood Hotels], Cadbury Nig. Plc, Unilever and Nigerite are firms showing others the way… [Also refers to NBA and South African Airways]