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Bed bugs at home? Don't tell your co-workers, future landlord...or your doctor.
The plight of a man laid off for having bed bugs has prompted Bedbugger.com to examine the question of whether you should let your co-workers know that you have bedbugs at home. If you're employed in an "at-will" state like New York, this is apparently perfectly legal. As far as we know, it's also okay for potential landlords to discriminate against bed bug survivors.
But your doctor?
A commenter on BedBugger relays this alarming experience: "I have twice been refused medical treatment when I explained to the providers I had bed bugs. If medical providers refuse to treat patients with bed bugs, I can definitely see why people are not forthcoming about bed bugs where they work. My referral doctor’s office told me I should not have mentioned that I had bed bugs, and next time I will probably keep my mouth shut." (Bedbugger.com)