Don’t ever assume that your employer has to accommodate you for your diabetes

Just found out the hard way this week. Don’t ever assume that your employer has to accommodate you for your diabetes. I just found out that although my employers have known for almost 14 years that I was diabetic and have accommodated me for that my new boss has no desire to help me maintain a healthy lifestyle. Put it on record go to your HR department let them know that under the Americans With Disabilities Act they have to make reasonable accommodation For you at work. And even if you don’t need any or require any accommodations today,you may in the future get it on record now.

Shana Smith I was wondering about this. That’s so sad. So is diabetes considered a disability?I’m sorry your new boss is a jerk.

Sherry Cochrane I believe in 2008 they made diabetes a disability that is covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Mark Schweim Sherry Cochrane it was that already when I was hired by the then ConAgra Poultry Processing Plant in Enterprise Alabama in November of 1996!

And the EEOC got involved and got my employment restored 3 out of 4 times after Pilgrim’s Pride bought the Poultry Processing division of ConAgra Foods and engaged in Employment discrimination against me. The last time Pilgrim’s Pride agreed to pay the fines but refused to restore my employment and effectively got me “blacklisted” with all the poultry processing companies that had locations in Southern Alabama.

First time EEOC got my employment restored was in 2003 and the fourth time when Pilgrim’s Pride refused to let me back was in 2012.

Steven Ito Yes, its considered a disability and most HR applications ask you to check a box if you have or ever had it.

Sherry Cochrane Steven Ito I was working at this company when I was diagnosed so they’re saying it was never on record.

Bo Reed Yes it is a disability. And as a disability they have to make accommodations. That’s kind of a federal law

Kelvin Morris Bo Reed I wouldn’t call diabetes a disability, being paralyzed from the neck down is a disability, atleast with diabetes we can somewhat control it

Diana Wood Kelvin Morris its considered a disability be because of equipment and time off (ie for testing ,treating a low bs) ,most employers r decent but some r asshole

Mark Schweim Diana Wood actually the reason it’s considered to be a disability is because it IS a disability in that the bodily function of self-regulating of the bodies blood glucose levels is either compromised or totally disabled even if you can still do everything else anybody without Diabetes is able to do.

Sonya Muriel Villalobos Wood When I have to pee because of diabetes and we are under “lock down” you can bet I am grateful for and use the fact diabetes is considered a protected disability that must be reasonably accommodated. I am not going to pee my pants. And that would be the results.

Sherry Walker Covington When your filling out you papers for work you check disability when it’s asked. Not that I feel it is a disability but we do have to take care of ourselves when needed.

Sherry Cochrane  you may also be surprised to find out that there are several times when they are not allowed to ask you a medical status. Go to the Americans With Disabilities Act government website it’s a really good reading.

Sherry Walker Covington The thing is when they find out they need to let HR know and the people that they work with incase you pass out. It isn’t something that anyone needs to be ashamed of no one did it to theirselve, isn’t from not taking care of yourself or from how you eat, but also you don’t need to advertise that you are one. But this is just how I feel

Matthew Sheehan I’m type 2 and work anywhere from 4-1pm to closing shift which is 10pm and any shift from 4-8am messes my BS not badly since I’m controlled I’m usually 80-100 but I’ll see 100-120 throughout the morning bc I didn’t get enough sleep or eat enoigh

Sherry Cochrane that’s what I mean get it on record. Maybe things are going OK for you now but what if they’re not later. Talk to your endocrinologist. Regulated. medication, sleep, and meals, are key to getting diabetes under control. And if your A-1 C is not lower than six Consistently, it’s not controlled. If you don’t mind me asking what is your A1c?

Sherry Cochrane Well I’m praying that you’re right and that it is lower. I just can’t work on anything other than a regular schedule. I have heart meds that need to be taken 12 hours apart with food. Diabetic medications that need to be taken regularly same time each day. And that includes when I go to bed.

Sherry Cochrane Hoping and praying for a good outcome and that you do not have diabetes. But don’t let those numbers fool you. Eat well and get healthy now you will appreciate it later.

Sarah White I had to quit my 2nd job at Kohl’s because they were not accommodating. My bs would drop and if it didn’t happen during my break then I wasn’t able to take care of it. I was terrified that I would pass out one day. Since my doctor and I are still playing with my meds I decided it wasn’t worth the risk and extra stress so I ultimately quit. Didn’t even think about going to HR.

Sherry Cochrane if your job is aware that you’re diabetic when they hire you. Or when you are diagnosed with diabetes you notify your employer. They have to accommodate you it’s the law. It does have to be a reasonable request.

Ed Dunn My HR rep who has since been terminated told me that my health problems are an issue for the company and it needs to be taken care of and get it under control. Ever since i filed a report with the VP of HR they are very accommodating thankfully.

Emmy Nalanda I’m type 1 and I don’t think it’s documented with HR. I have been type 1 since childhood, but how do I go about requesting to make that change on my HR paperwork since it isn’t a new diagnosis?

Sherry Cochrane Emmy Nalanda Ask HR for papers to fill out with regards to reasonable accommodations for disability. They should know what you’re talking about. Failing that ask your endocrinologist to write a letter to your HR with regards to any reasonable requests.

Emmy Nalanda Sherry Cochrane Perfect! Thank you! Any suggestions on which reasonable accommodations to request? I use a pump and cgm so I think I’d want to be sure that I’m allowed to beep while working lol. Access to sugar is an obvious one. I don’t need access to breaks for testing or injections. Anything else you can think of?

Sherry Cochrane Emmy Nalanda if you already have a regular schedule and that’s working for you you should also ask to be allowed to have a glucose tablets a sugary drink anything necessary to bring your blood sugar up I drop. What type of work do you do may I ask?

Michael Worrell Hmm, not sure of your specific issues, but fortunately have no issue. I keep glucose tablets with me, have a pump and CGM, and biggest issue is the rare occasion I don’t wake up due to hypoglycemia while sleeping.

Laura Freeman Yes it’s considered a disability under the ADA (at least Type 1 is) whether you accept it as one or not (your choice). You have a life-sustaining organ that is functionless (again, T1). Heres some info from the ADA website that may help those that need it:

Can an Employer Require Medical Examinations or Ask Questions About a Disability?

If you are applying for a job, an employer cannot ask you if you are disabled or ask about the nature or severity of your disability. An employer can ask if you can perform the duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. An employer can also ask you to describe or to demonstrate how, with or without reasonable accommodation, you will perform the duties of the job.
An employer cannot require you to take a medical examination before you are offered a job. Following a job offer, an employer can condition the offer on your passing a required medical examination, but only if all entering employees for that job category have to take the examination. However, an employer cannot reject you because of information about your disability revealed by the medical examination, unless the reasons for rejection are job-related and necessary for the conduct of the employer’s business. The employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your disability if you can perform the essential functions of the job with an accommodation.
Once you have been hired and started work, your employer cannot require that you take a medical examination or ask questions about your disability unless they are related to your job and necessary for the conduct of your employer’s business. Your employer may conduct voluntary medical examinations that are part of an employee health program, and may provide medical information required by State workers’ compensation laws to the agencies that administer such laws.
The results of all medical examinations must be kept confidential, and maintained in separate medical files.

Lizzy Blanco How do you expect them to help you lead a healthy lifestyle? I’m not judging or anything, it’s a serious question. I’m so confused by this post. I’ve been T1 since Sept 2016 and I’ve never thought about anyone else being responsible for me in the workplace.

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