Know your rights

3031d600-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a 0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a WorkIf you’ve been dismissed from a job or passed over for a promotion due to diabetes, denied time for diabetes care at work, or have been told you weren’t eligible for a position due to your diabetes, you may have legal recourse.

Know your rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prevent employers from discriminating against qualified employees based on disability.

Talk to a lawyer. Find an attorney that specializes in employment and/or disability law.

Be forthright. In some cases, discrimination may be a case of an employer misunderstanding what diabetes is and how it’s treated. Tell your employer what accommodations you need to do your job well, and why you need them.

Leave a paper trail. Document instances of discrimination in the work place in writing, and ask that the information be put in your personnel file.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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