Tips for Fighting Diabetes Discrimination
As a person with diabetes, there's a chance that you could encounter a situation
in which discrimination against people with diabetes affects your ability to
get a job, keep a job, be safe if you're in police custody or function at your
highest potential in school.
The following agencies advocate for the legal rights of people with diabetes:
-- The American Diabetes Association, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
and the American Disabilities Act.
-- Diabetes is considered a disability because it affects a major life activity.
You are able to request and expect the following rights on the job and at
The right to eat food, either on the job or during breaks
The right to monitor your blood sugar and administer insulin or other
The right to have freely available bathroom breaks
The right to work a constant shift, rather than a swing shift, if your doctor
feels that the constant change of schedule will make it hard to control your
-- If you experience discrimination on the job, first talk with your manager.
If that doesn't give you satisfaction, talk with human resources. If you feel
as though you're not getting anywhere, you may need to talk with a lawyer
who specializes in fighting discrimination against diabetes. Call your local
office of the American Diabetes Association or the American Juvenile Diabetes
Association for a referral to a qualified attorney.