Olive Garden and the Hepatitis Scare Essay

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Abstract Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter—even in microscopic amounts—from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person. Olive Garden of Fayetteville, North Carolina is currently being sued over the misrepresentation of one of its servers who contracted Hepatitis A and returned to work without releasing the information to management in a timely manner so that scheduling could be arranged to prevent the server from returning to work without the possibility of spreading the disease. Olive Garden and the Hepatitis A Scare Dining out with family and friends is an experience that should be enjoyed without regard to the food handling procedures. The law specifies general procedures which are to be followed universally throughout all restaurants in the United States, yet sometimes mishandling does occur. When a communicable disease is brought into a restaurant, not only are the fellow team members being put at risk, but so are the guests who are trying to enjoy their dinner. Unfortunately this has recently occurred in the casual dining chain of restaurants known as Olive Garden. Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant owned by parent company, Darden Restaurants which also owns Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, and Capital Grill. Olive Garden is being sued due to negligent actions of management to prevent the spread of the communicable disease, Hepatitis A, throughout the community due to the infection of a server who has direct contact with guests and their food. To understand why the Hepatitis A scare is being considered negligent, one must understand

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