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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 school:

  • The right to eat food, either on the job or during breaks
  • The right to monitor your blood sugar and administer insulin or other medication
  • 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 blood sugar

    -- 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.

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