Discrimination at work is more common than you might think because of a very simple reason – your diabetes. Being a person with diabetes can affect to your profession such as : hiring, paying, coaching or your work’s benefits. Imagine, a beatutiful day, you know that you catch the diabetes, what will you feel at that time?
You will feel very disappointed that your life will be out of lucky, you will give your work to go far away to avoid the comments and discrimination from your colleges. That’s completely normal reaction.
But you have to be strong to cope with this problem. Some following things maybe useful with you, perhaps they can help you work out the solution for your issue and help the people who are at the same situation with you.
Your interests and protection
Being a citizen, there are many laws that protect you from the discrimination. The Ameriacans with Disabilities Act applies to private employers, labor unions and employment angencies with 15 or more employees and to state and local government. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 generally covers employees who work for executive branch of the federal government or for any employer that receives the federal money. The Congressional Accountability Act covers employees of Congress and most legislative branch agencies. That’s your interests.
Diabetes is enough condition to be seen as a disability. If you feel unfair and uncertain about the policy and salary when you find a job or you are behaved differently from the healthy people, you can give the employer some questions to ask. With the above laws, an employer will not have any reasons to make some difficulties with your hiring. People with diabetes are worthy to behave and work as a normal in the workplace.
Disclosing the diabetes
You do not have to reveal the state of your illness to your employer if you don’t want him/her to know. But if all the co-workers know about your diabetes except your employer, you won’t use the above laws. Therefore, in some necessary situations, you should let him/her know about your disease. For example, you have to eat or have a rest in a certain hour in a day to keep you blood sugar stable but your employer have no knowledge about your health and you are trying your best to suffer from thedisease. By this way, you are directly destroying your health or in worst situation, you can bother your colleges and even your family if you fall into a faint and dangerous to your life.
As mentioned, if you make your employer known and give him/her some requests to protect your health in order to you can complete your work with good healthy without bothering your colleges because of a few reason related to your health. Some suggestions can help you maintain your blood sugar stable to help your more healthy:
- The specific time to check your blood sugar and have a rest
- Freedom to eat while working so as not to decrease your blood sugar
- Arrange your work properly to have time for the doctor’s appointment
If your job is too busy and stress, or the employer is so severe with your requests, the best advice is that you should quit your job and find a job which make you more comfortable and good for your health. Don’t earn much money by mistreating you health.
What will you do if you are discriminated against?
In the life, there are many unexpected things that you don’t want them come with you but you will never anticipate, so let everything be natural. When you are discriminated, you can rewrite the relevant about the discrimination include: names, time, events. Or you can take it upon yourself to explain to the employer and work out together to find the solution because many employers may not be aware of the discrimination beacause diabetes is not well understood by general public. In some cases, you might need to take legal action. You can file a charge with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or with your state anti-discrimination agency. Always keep calm and never be scared or shy about your diabetes because you don’t do anything wrong. Be yourself in every cases.