My boss told me to just eat a candybar!!!

By Mickey/CCHT Latest Reply 2015-06-21 16:08:30 -0500
Started 2011-11-18 09:08:18 -0600

Yesterday (11-17-11) was in the top 5 of the worst days of my 7 years as a dialysis tech.

As some of you know, I have stated that I am very lacks about my testing myself at work. My job is very demanding and I always put my patients needs before my own. But yesterday was the end of that.

It was not my patients that did anything it was my boss! We have new machines and it has been a little crazier than normal. The scheduling needs to be tweeked among other things. It was already tight, making it very hard for me to stop and make sure i tested myself on time. But yesterday was the breaking point.

I had my breakfast at 630 am ( i had been at work since 2am). When it was time for me to test, I had a patient get sick, and then our turn over started( pt's leaving, new ones coming in). I ran from about 815 am until 3pm, and that is when i had the meltdown.

After I was able to calm down and get everything back under control, my boss decided to come out onto the treatment floor and tell me that I needed to not be so obvious that things were falling apart(not her exact words, but just the gist of it).
That was very upsetting to me, i am usually very calm and easy going at work. She went to her office, i got myself under control and went to confront her. She basically told me that sometimes we might not be able to take a break and that i should just bring a candybar to work to eat "on the fly"! She knows I am diabetic and have been changing my eating habits and working to better myself. We had conversations about it! And this is the women who not that long ago was harping on us to make sure we got breaks so we could "decompress"!

Needless to say it was very upsetting. I was so hurt by this that I just wanted to walk out! I was so shocked that I could not even begin to think of what to say. But I tell you what, we will be having another conversation on this. Isn't it a law that you are supposed to get breaks every few hours or so? And what about the fact that I have D that needs to be taken care of. Does that fall under discrimination? If anyone knows, please shout out to me. I would really appreciate it.

Thanks everyone for letting me vent. I still want to cry right now just typing this.

76 replies

Kalisiin 2015-06-21 16:03:26 -0500 Report

I think ADA can cover Diabetes, and you can request and expect to recieve reasonable accommodations. In your case, a small break so that you can have something HEALTHY to eat, and to test.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-18 18:46:05 -0600 Report

That is terrible, I'm sorry that you had such a hard day. and yes there is a law about breaks and such. I hope you will be able to work this out with your boss.
hang in there.

pixsidust 2011-11-23 09:09:10 -0600 Report

If you need help with your resume, I am pretty good with that after 25 years as a recruiter. You can make your mark else where too. If you look, do it without letting anyone know that you are. The reason I would use since its family run, is that you are seeking a work place without the family dynamics. Most places will not have that. You can not talk about the lack of breaks. A hospital would give you formal lunches etc… Maybe you should inquire

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 21:55:13 -0600 Report

Trust me, it's tempting!! The problem is i have over 6years in and don't want to have to start over if i can help it! Where I am at, it is convient and i like my schedule fine enough. I really adore my patients too. There are a couple that test me, but you get that no matter what!

But I do know that if it continues to be a problem, i will re-evaluate. I love my people, but not enough to put my health at risk. But to go anywhere else does not mean it will not be any better. The first unit i worked in was way worse for trying to get breaks. So i am just going to adopt a wait and see attitude for the moment.

Thank you so much for your wisdom and support. It is very much appreciated!
Happy Thanksgiving.
Blessings, Mickey

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-11-22 16:49:23 -0600 Report


I am sorry to hear that your boss treated you in sucn an insensitive manner. That is inexcusable.

I am wondering if there is a helathy snack that you could keep close by to eat when you aren't able to get to a meal when you need to. It might be something to ask your doctor about, and get a recommendation.

But the broader issue is that you have a condition that needs to be accommodated at your job and your boss has to recognize that need. Can you sit down with your boss and have a talk about this? You might also watn to talk to your human resources department and see what they suggest.

Your job is important but your self care is more important.


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 01:23:30 -0600 Report

We are not allowed to have food and drinks on the treatment floor, so that presents a big problem for me. But since this post i have worked a few days, and have just told the nurse(not asked) when I am going to break. I don't leave in the middle of things going on, but if i only have a short window before the next person comes in and thats the only window i am going to have, I take it. She just has to deal. She is supposed to anyway, she just has a big fit about it and before I would just stay on the floor so i would not have to deal with her attitude. But now I am doing what I have to do for myself. If something happens to me, the company will not take care of my daughter, so I have to make sure I will!!

I'm staying away from the human resources dept. The women who runs it is the daughter of the owners and she is a piece of work. She's the type who would try and have me fired for the hell of it. She's a trip. Too many people have had problems with her, so if I can just deal with this in unit, that is what I am going to do.

I have documented the incident, and am just going to leave it at that for now. If my boss tries anything else, or if something else is said, I will revisit the situation then. I love my job (stress and all!) and I really don't want to lose it if i can help it!

Thanks for the advice. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-11-22 10:06:05 -0600 Report

Hi I'm just reading about your problem. I'm very sorry that you are going through this kind of stress on your job! There are laws written for this sort of problem but also diabetes is a disability!! It is discrimination when you are not allowed a break to eat and test! If you should have a diabetic emergency due to her not allowing you to break to take care of yourself she is liable by law! I wish you the best! gwen

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 13:43:31 -0600 Report

Thanks you Gwen! I work in a crazy field as it is, but she just took it to a whole new level! I will not allow being used like that again. Since this incident i have worked a few days and when i'm ready for my lunch, i just tell the nurse i am going. I don't ask. So far no one has said anything, because they can't! Let them try!!
Thanks for your support. Have a great Thanksgiving. God Bless, Mickey

Lakeland 2011-11-22 08:54:58 -0600 Report

Hi, I own a retail store & this time of year we are busy, I don't have time do things the way I should & times are too tough for me to leave & do the right thing. I do like the glucerna bars. It really helps or I'll take deviled eggs to work for lunch, quick, protein. sometimes, I keep baby carrots in a baggie in my pocket. My whole family is diabetic, my dad died of kidney disease my mom lost a tow, both my brothers had sores on their feet. So we know the seriousness of the disease but in reality, it's the holidays & the time is just not there.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 13:46:29 -0600 Report

I do work in a very busy field. We are always on the move and i'm aware of that. I am also aware that we are supposed to get breaks. I am not the owner, so it is not my resposibility to wear myself down to nothing. Since this incident, i make sure i get my lunch. When i have a chance, i just tell the nurse i am going. I don't ask. And there has been no problems so far. I just have to make sure i do what is right for me, and still do my job to the best of my abilities. Which is what i am doing.
Thank you for your input. Happy Thanksgiving, Mickey

Lakeland 2011-11-22 20:05:30 -0600 Report

My situation is different, I have a busy season, I don't have a busy job every single day, I am glad you can just leave & you have people willing to fill in That's what it's supposed to be like, with me I work with my family & family just don't understand. The quick snacks I mentioned will work if you absolutely can't leave. I found it especially helpful when snacking between meals, you are suppose to eat throughout the day & healthy quick snacks should help your sugars stay more level, but you already know that— Happy thanksgiving!!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 01:16:37 -0600 Report

Thanks. A big part of the problem is that we are not allowed to eat on the treatment floor. If i could just have a small snack out there, it would be a big improvement. But thems the rules!

spitfirelady 2011-11-21 17:16:37 -0600 Report

What title does your charge person have? a nurse? …I agree with a few of the others for sure. Handle this professionally. Take your lunch break. 'suggest' to this person that you will return is so many minutes… rather than 'ask'. This person does not understand courtesy by asking questions. Power hungry people don't respond well to questions. They respond to being polite and 'sharing' what you are going to do and then …do it! I had a boss like this once. If you asked her a question, be prepared to be there for awhile or redo what you just did! Ha…by stating what you are going to do and when you will return and then follow through, no problems! Try it! Then you will not have problems with you sugar control.
And remember, too, STRESS only drives your sugar high. And lack of your snacks and rest period for lunch, only agitates you and aggravates your blood sugar!..if this does not work, remember the chain of command. My best!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-21 20:10:07 -0600 Report

I am in total agreement. I am going to sit down tomorrow and put this all down on paper. I have not been able to do so yet, i have been working everyday. When i have a few minutes to relax I am here! Getting wonderful support and advice from my DC family. I am so appreciative of all of you. Thanks! Blessings to all, Mickey

spitfirelady 2011-11-22 13:54:33 -0600 Report

I have had another thought about this… You work in an area of medicine where many of your clients are diabetics. She should be
Aware of your schedule for meals, snacks and testing. Shame on her!
Being a nurse, I find her behavior incomprehensible and think maybe
She should be reviewing why she is doing the
Job if she has no understanding Of this disease. To suggest a candy bar to your needs is grounds for going to her boss with this info…for sure if she continues.

spitfirelady 2011-11-21 17:21:52 -0600 Report

I also believe you should be keeping records of these events…just in case. Documentation will be helpful, but it will keep your memory on paper! And do so as soon after an event to be clear.

jayabee52 2011-11-21 17:34:11 -0600 Report

I believe it was Ben Franklin who said "The weakest ink is stronger than the strongest of memories" It is always good to get things like this down on paper.

MrsCDogg 2011-11-21 15:56:18 -0600 Report

I can certainly relate! I used to be in long term healthcare. That translates to I was a CNA in nursinghomes. I would some days be on the run from the time I got to work at 7am until it was time for the patients to have lunch and not get a break at all. That all came to a crashing halt when I was diagnosed. I had to start taking better care of myself so I could do better for my patients. I can relate to having a boss who doesn't really give a crap about you but only gives lipservice to it. I just got fired from a job where if I was working alone in customer service I did good to get a pee break in a 7 hour shift!
I think you do indeed need to have another talk with your boss. See if you can make her understand just how things are for you as a diabetic. By the way, what is stopping her from coming out to relieve one of you when you need to take a break??

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-21 20:14:04 -0600 Report

I see you know exactly of what i speak! It is rough, but i have been better about telling my nurse when i am going to break and the such. She was not too happy at first, but she got over it. The charge nurse is supposed to help us, but she is lazy and gets "pissy" when asked for help. But at this point i do not care. I am going to do what i need to do to survive!
And there is nothing stopping her from helping. She just acts like it is beneath her!

Carol2x 2011-11-20 19:56:37 -0600 Report

Wow- you guys are open 24 hours at your facility? When I worked as a dialysis tech our facility opened at 05:00-to get the machines up and running and patients were on the machines by 6am. We closed at 5:30-6pm by the time everything was clean and sterilized. The insurance wasn't that great for me-costs too much. So, I work now as a PCT at a hospital. Hospital insurance is great for diabetics. But, I digress-
They have to let you take a break-it is a federal law and especially at medical facilities. I suggest bringing glucose tablets, or those peanut butter crackers with you-or even a piece of hard candy.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-21 20:17:54 -0600 Report

So you were a tech? Do you miss it? I LOVE my job, just not the bull that goes along with it!
We have to make the bicarb in the morning and prime the loop. When i am the opener, i will be there between 2-230 am. Patients start rolling at about 5ish.

I bought the glucerna meal barrs to help with the hunger isseue.

Carol2x 2011-11-21 21:40:10 -0600 Report

Yes, I do miss it. Like I said Insurance was the major issue. Ah, I remember the bicarb and Acetic Acid. I used to work both the front and back-taking turns at both. We used the Renetron II for cleaning the dialyzers (the reuse ones) Our HD machines were Fresenius. The "crazy times" were the times the patients were going on or coming off the machines-seem like they all came off and went on pretty much the same time or close to it.
The meal bars help alot.
I have found that no matter what job you have there seems to be alot of bull somewhere.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 13:38:33 -0600 Report

We used to do reuse, but now we just have drypacks. We just got Fresenius machines, we used to have the Gambros. And turnover is still the crazy times! I don't think that ever changes!
I love my job though, so i just need to make it work.! Take care! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Blessings, Mickey

jayabee52 2011-11-22 03:58:37 -0600 Report

like the sign in my Home Health care agency lounge said. "The cows come and the cows go but the Bull goes on and on in this place" LoL!

mustangpeg 2011-11-20 15:38:32 -0600 Report

It is a federal law that you must take breaks and also a federal law that your medical condition must be treated and they can't stop you or fire you, if they do you will be a very weathy lady. Don't let them push you around or get away with discrimination over your condition. I went thru something similar at my work and when I threaten to get an attorney, they were much more agreeable to my going to the restroom to take a shot or test. The law on breaks says that if you work more than 5 hours you must take a 15 minute break and more than 6 hours they have to give you a half hour break/lunch. These are federal laws and if they don't want to abide by then then call your local labor board. they will make something happen…
Good luck.

classof78 2011-11-21 19:57:48 -0600 Report

I just checked the US Department of Labor site- there is no law regarding breaks-it is usually something an employer chooses to do to boost productivity. There
are laws concerning allowing breaks for nusring mothers to pump milk, and also for minors.

mustangpeg 2011-11-22 09:34:53 -0600 Report

There are federal laws in place and each state has their own guidelines. Contact the labor board in your state and file a complaint. They will do something, I know I have done it myself. Go to your state dept of labor and they can guide you from there. If there were no federal laws in place,employers could work you as long as they want. I used to own my own business with employees and the laws are there and they are there for a reason, so people don't get away with things like this.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 13:40:43 -0600 Report

We are supposed to get breaks. My boss was always on us about taking our breaks. It is just with this incident that all of a sudden she has changed her tune and said we might not have time for breaks! Shes full of you know what! In the past couple of days that i have worked, i just tell the nurse i'm taking my break. I don't ask.

mustangpeg 2011-11-22 16:31:02 -0600 Report

Good for you. The federal labor laws I was talking about are under the OSHA dept of labor. Don't let them push you around. Stand up for what is right. You go girl… Have a great Thanksgiving to you and yours…

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 21:44:26 -0600 Report

I am, the support from here has been awesome and i refuse to let them kick me around!!
You have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. Blessings, Mickey

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-20 16:54:54 -0600 Report

Thank you for the advice. I am working on how i am going to handle the situation when i see my boss, especially since i will be more calm. I am not going to let this go. I will face her, calm cool and with the facts! My health needs to come first. The company won't take care of my daughter if something happens to me!!
Blessings, Mickey

pixsidust 2011-11-19 15:46:33 -0600 Report

Ask for your Bosses help vs making it a reprimand. Say I am a little confused on how to approach this. You had a meeting in which you stressed the importance of taking our breaks and last week you knew I had no breaks at all and suggested I forgo my break altogether but to eat a candy bar which you know I can't do. What do you suggest because I want to do my job but am know I am still to be allotted_________ breaks that are imperative to my health. What do you think? I really need your help. Can I call you to relieve me? Whats the best answer? I am sure others are feeling this as well…
Good Luck!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:55:56 -0600 Report

You are correct. There is another tech who is not sick, but is feeling the stress. I will approach her in a professional manner and "put it on her" to fix it. It's her job!

sheriden 2011-11-19 06:24:03 -0600 Report

Yes you have right to take care of your diabetic needs, yes it is desc, to not allow for it. Your boss was was way out of line with the candy remark, putting your health and the health of your clients at risk. I would go to her and tell her so, and that when you need to test eat or otherwise treat your illness at what ever time it may be you will do so as soon as possible. Breaks differ from state to state, most states have breaks as to prevent injury and other things due to being tired hungry ect. Check your state law's on this before approaching her. Google your state labor board to get answers. Document your meeting time date place topic ect. You have a blessed day.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:29:07 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for the support and advice. When I see her again i will be speaking with her on this matter. I will be more calm and there for more rational. And i will be documenting everything!
Good advice about Goggling the labor law, didn't think of that! LOL Well totally do that. Will keep everyone posted.
Thanks again! Blessings to you also, Mickey

pixsidust 2011-11-19 00:22:50 -0600 Report

Looking at your picture, I see a woman with the brightest of smiles.
You must have a reason to be radiant, perhaps the beautiful child you hold or maybe its just the inner beauty of you. You work, parent, mother, mentor, friend, and manage your Diabetes. That means you are a lot of things to a lot of people.

Every day is a journey and some obviously are better than others.
Remember who you are when things do not go right.
Pace yourself and only do what you can.
Take your breaks. Let your Boss know that you will be going to lunch soon and someone will need to relieve you so you can. If you work for a hospital then see what their policies are. They generally comply with your states laws. Generally lunch must be 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. Wage and hour posts their laws online for each state. Send her an email, that you need to have something set in place to allow you lunch. You can then forward her response to the administrator if she does not comply with Hospital rules.

Thank you for entering a profession that means so much to many. In the dark moments remind yourself of how important you are, to all the people your life touches. Smile, that brightest of smiles…for although your boss shows great ignorance in your value and worth, the rest of the world does not. We know, we love you and we care.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:35:48 -0600 Report

That was beautiful..Thank you so much. I'm very touched by what you have said. You are also a wonderful person, I can tell!

I love my job and don't want to leave it because of someones ignorance doing me harm. Today when it was getting close to time that i needed to eat, I just informed my nurse that after so and so was discharged i was going, and i did. In the meantime the next patient arrived while i was still eating. She came to tell me they were there, like wanting me to come and put them on!! I finished my lunch first! I'm no longer going to let them push me into doing something that is going to harm me. My health comes first. If something happens to me, this company will not step up and take care of my daughter for me, or guide my goddaughter to the Lord like I promised to do by accepting to be her Godmother. So I need to make a stand. And i will do so with professionalism and maturity! No more meltdowns!

I will be checking into what my rights are and i am documenting all interactions about this topic. Will keep you posted.

Thank you again for the beautiful words. God Bless you, Mickey

Adjitater 2011-11-19 01:27:04 -0600 Report

This falls under the Americans With Disabilities Act. They have to provide you ample time to care for yourself.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:36:55 -0600 Report

Thanks! I am going to be researching on this to make sure i am prepared when i see her on tuesday. Blessings, Mickey

MEGriff1950 2011-11-18 13:19:41 -0600 Report

Mickey, if it was me I would go streight to the hospital administrator and file a formal complaint against your boss. Then I would walk into the bosses office and let her know that I had just filed a complaint against her.Let it be known that you will not stand for the "boss" to try to pressure you into putting your health at risk.
Most state laws so have regulations about break times with exceptions for some professions such as medical. The exceptions are usually stated as emergency.
Glucerna is a great meal substitute. The 8 ounce shakes are convenient, and if you shake them very well the taste is not too horrible. The shakes are made at Abbott Laboratories, who also make Ensure, Freestyle meters and the nutrition people use in feeding tubes. My dr highly recommends these for meal substitutes as they are designed to help keep your blood sugars level. Here is the site for Glycerna

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:43:59 -0600 Report

I have been thinking of going to her boss and reporting it. This company is kind of sketch about some things and i'm a little concerned it could be used against me! I'm pondering the issue!
As for the glucerna, i just bought some hunger bars they were called. It's not a candy bar(crazy), but it did say that it helps against bs spikes. Just bought them so i don't know how they taste yet!

Thanks for your support! Blessings, Mickey

berrykins0 2011-11-19 07:39:27 -0600 Report

i had gluerna snack bars and i like them i had the cereal before that was good too. but i can't find the cereal anymore.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-19 15:38:41 -0600 Report

Just bought the bars, have not tried them yet. I'm afraid to buy the drinks. I cannot take liquid medicene, so if it even remotely tastes funny, i won't be able to drink it!!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 13:59:03 -0600 Report

Hi Mickey, I was just checking back to see how this is going for you. I see you are taking charge of your health which is good.
As for the Glucerna shakes I did not like the vitamin taste in them so I tried shaking them a lot before drinking. If they are well shaken the taste ok, can barely taste any vitamins.

Set apart
Set apart 2011-11-20 22:25:59 -0600 Report

The drinks aren't bad. I drink the chocolate shakes when I am rushing 27 carbs with nuts or 1/2 apple does it for me. As I continue to read and learn including from this website it still amazes me how little people know about the big D. Discrimination is the key, and disability is the next factor. Mention ADA to your boss, this act protects people like us from bosses like yours. not only do you have the right tonyour break, but in your case and your co-workers due to the scrunch in your schedule breaks and lunches should be planned into your daily schedule. Sometimes the more we give the more people take in this case your health isn't worth it. Good Luck, let us know the outcome.

berrykins0 2011-11-18 11:29:29 -0600 Report

i don't blame you for being upset about what happened to you were you work. people like us need to watch out our blood sugars don't get to low or of to high but when were active it seems like they can get low fast without waring.if we feel we need to eat or check our blood sugar we should have that rightanytime any know what is suprising were you work you would think they would be more understanding sense you work in a health place. thats aweful they don't.sorry to hear your place of work is like that.i feel pretty lucky i have never had happen what you had happen with your boss treating you way she treated you.that's not fair and it terrible. hope it doesn't happen again to you. take care hope you have a better days next time you work them.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:45:49 -0600 Report

Thanks for your support. I just had to vent and everyone here is so awesome!
It's crazy but this is the same boss just not that long ago that was busting our chops to make sure we got our breaks! Funny how the story changes at her convience!
Thanks again! God Bless, Mickey

Type1Lou 2011-11-18 11:21:20 -0600 Report

Have you considered formally making a record of this event? Whether you keep this record private for now or make it part of your employment record is up to you. By recording it now, while it is still "fresh", you'll have an account should, heaven-forbid, any more such events arise. It seems to me that the ADA would provide protection against this kind of approach by your supervisor. You were wise to discuss it with her. Eating a candy bar is not the best way to treat a low BG…glucose tabs or other fast-acting glucose is best. What was your supervisor doing when all this happened? Could she have stepped in to help you and failed to do so? Hang tough Mickey!

watson4042 2011-11-19 02:49:44 -0600 Report

i would keep a journal recording date, time, etc so you have some background info should you decide to file on her.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:48:07 -0600 Report

I was totally thinking the same thing. I'm a little worried about going to her supervisor because this company can be very sketchy about things. But i too believe i should have a record of this regardless.
As for what she was doing, hard telling. She was in her office and the charge nurse made sure she went to lunch during all of this! I love my job, but between admin and the nurse i'm about ready to go crazy!!!

Type1Lou 2011-11-19 08:03:45 -0600 Report

It sounds to me that the supervisor and charge nurse could have been doing more to help out. Part of her "supervisory" duties are to ensure that you are able to perform your tasks. If your sugar is too low because she encourages you to "skip" your lunch/break, you will not be in optimum condition to handle your clients. She's aware of your diabetes and needs to take steps to see that you can take care of yourself, INMO. I know what it's like to not want to "rock the boat" and only you can decide whether you want to take it further now or adopt a "wait and see" approach and hope things will get better. This DC discussion also provides you with a record of the incident. You might want to approach her with a win-win type of proposition indicating that both of you do not wish to see a repeat of what happened and working out some way to prevent it. Wishing you better days!

TrixieRed 2011-11-18 11:10:18 -0600 Report

I was very reluctant for many, many years to get a job at all because of prior experiences I had in the work place similar to yours, Mickey. After one experience I had an anxiety attack when it came to going into work the next day. I felt the need to quit the job, insisting that I wasn't about to make myself go through anything like that again. It became clear to me that I am not cut-out to do retail or any other job where my health needs are put on hold.

I work a clerical position- which works out wonderfully for me. I have been at the same job for nearly a year now (which, to be quite honest, is a HUGE accomplishment for me)

All I can say is this: Stay strong. We have a lot on our plate as it is, I know! To me, there is no reason to put yourself through anymore heartache than you have to. If the job is uncomfortable, if there are more cons than pros, then maybe it's time to sit down and calmly consider possible solutions.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:52:31 -0600 Report

I hear what your saying. I really like my job usually! It's not the hard work, the long hours or the needy patients that get to me. It's the idiocy of admin and my charge nurse! Boss was in her office and the nurse made sure to take her lunch, which did not help my mental state at that time!
I can tell you that this will NOT be happening again! And it wont be no stinking candy bar! I will just go take a break and let them two deal!
Im happy to hear you have a good job and are doing well. I've had a couple of positions like that in my time, and i did enjoy them, but i am really happy and blessed to have my job. Now if i just didn't have to deal with the admin part of it, it would be perfect!! LOL
God Bless, Mickey

lifedriver 2011-11-18 10:51:53 -0600 Report

I am not sure of the legal ratificatons but it is something that needs to be addressed and some type of standards imposed to assisit diabetics in the work place. This community opens a Forum for changres. I am so sorry for what you are experiencing Now is the time to address these concerns for the greater good. Our numbers must count for something don't you think?

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:54:56 -0600 Report

Yes, I do believe they should count. Or should I say, we should count. I have never asked or expected any kind of special treatment at work. Just the common consideration give to anyone else there!
I am going to record the incident, because if anything like this happens again I want to have a record of it. Because I tell you what, I WILL NOT be treated like this again!
Thank you so much for your input! God Bless, Mickey

lifedriver 2011-11-19 07:53:23 -0600 Report

Good and you have my support. We need to stand together and fight for fair treatment or what will be the next thing to happen. We all cannot just sit on the side and say well it hasn't happened to me.

lisaloo2429 2011-11-18 10:07:05 -0600 Report

Again I am so sorry that happened to you. I believe that is discrimination and I hope she understands that she can get into a lot of trouble for that. I will pray for you sweetie and please try really hard to take care of yourself. God bless you.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 20:59:15 -0600 Report

Thank you so much friend! I don't know if she thought about it, but she should have realized how ignorant she sounded! If she didn't she will because I'm going to tell her on Tuesday when I see her. I'm one of those people that have to walk away and think about what happend so i can reply! I'm not quick on my feet! Especially at that moment!
And I am going to start taking better care of myself. I'm going to start setting my phone alarm to go off when i need to test so i stop missing it. If they don't like it, i will just say if the one tech there can go off and take a 10 smoke break whenever she wants, then i can take 2 min to do something that is important for my health! Right!?!

Thank you so much for responding and for your support. I hope you are doing better as well. God Bless, Mickey

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mama dunf 2011-11-18 09:30:09 -0600 Report

I sometimes can't believe the "stupidity" of some people. The government has the person with disabilities act and I believe that diabetes is covered under that. You need to speak with someone "higher-up". I worked retail for 17 years and have seen people loose their positions and their jobs over this exact same thing. Your boss needs to be educated. I really don't know what else to tell you, but this upset me just reading your story that I had to let you know I'll be thinking about you and wishing you well. Having a stressful job makes keeping your sugar hard to control. Again, prayers to you and hope you get this taken care of before something something happens to you. Take care!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 21:03:52 -0600 Report

Thank you for your support. You would think we would no longer be shocked by how some people think and act, but yet it happens over and over!

I am going to make a record of what happend just in case. I am also going to tell her i did not appreciate what she said. I was so upset and crying that i could not think straight! Plus i'm not quick on my feet like that! I'm the type of person who thinks 3 hours later, "I should have said…"!! I will post what happens if i see her on tuesday!

Thanks again! Blessings, Mickey

Caroltoo 2011-11-18 09:28:20 -0600 Report

Mickey, I'm so sorry. Perhaps you could talk with her again when you are both out of the urgency of the moment filled with patients and stress. Hopefully, she will be more reasonable.

Yes, federal law states a lunch break and two breaks (10 min, I believe, tho most companies go 15 min). There are positions and situations which are exempt, so this isn't 100% true of every job out there.

Your best bet is probably under the ADA because the law does say they need to make reasonable accommodations. The catch here is how anyone defines reasonable in a place that runs 24 hours a day at the pace of your job. Might be good to talk with someone well versed in ADA law and be armed with some precise facts as they apply to your location and type of employment.

The concern I always have is that if pressed hard enough, can they say I'm not doing my job and then let me go rather than deal with what they ought to under the law. Employers are always concerned if they implement provisions for one of their staff, that the others will want the same (breaks, if not usually given). Another possibility would be through your local labor board.

Do you have someone up the chain of command from you supervisor, who could hear you out? Whatever you, keep documentation of each event. This needs to be written, dated, and signed. Eventually, you can use a series of events like this to further your case.

Oh, this is all so complicated, annoying, and time consuming. I'm so sorry it happened!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-18 21:08:58 -0600 Report

Thank you so much friend for your support and concern.
I am planning on talking with her again on Tuesday if she is there and letting her know how it was inappropriate and also point out how she has contradicted herself with that statement. We will see what happens.

She does have a supervisor that i could go to, but with how sketchy this company can be, I'm a little concerned about going over her head. I would not put it past them to use this as an excuse to fire me or something. I love my job, just not all the b.s. that goes along with it!

I am going to document the incident and see if the other techs will sign it so they cannot say I'm just making it up! What can you do!

Thanks again for your kind words. God Bless you, Mickey

lisaloo2429 2011-11-23 11:20:09 -0600 Report

Well you have discrimination and retaliation on your side because if they do that then you can sue them. What gets me is that some ppl don't have any compassion. I don't get it. My boss is pretty compassionate when it comes to my illness but boy he sure makes sure I'm clocked out for the time I had a migraine and needed to lay down for a bit. Jeez, like $14.00 for an hour is going to break him. Oh well…please try to have a happy Thanksgiving and take care sweetie!!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 21:47:32 -0600 Report

I know right! The greed is just amazing!
Thanks again for your support. Good luck on your end as well!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! God Bless, Mickey

Kalisiin 2015-06-21 16:08:30 -0500 Report

Devil's Advocate: If you were a business owner, would YOU pay someone $14 to lay down and do no work for an entire hour?

Reasonable accommodation is one thing.

As an employer myself (currently I am my only employee…but I have had to think about how I would handle situations with employees) I would make a reasonable accommodation, but I would not pay someone $14 for an hour of doing no work. Allowing you to clock out for an hour and get things under control, I believe is a reasonable accommodation. Giving extra breaks for testing, eating as a diabetic requires is a reasonable accommodation. Nobody says one must PAY people for the time they are doing non-work-related activities…EVEN IF THOSE ACTIVITIES ARE MEDICALLY NECESSARY.

That said, I would pay for the short extra break here and there, and not require a punch-out. But I would NOT pay someone for an entire HOUR of doing nothing.

I suppose this makes ME a Scrooge, too?

Bear in mind that allowing an employee to lay down for an hour to get a migraine under control, even without pay…would be a reasonable accommodation…since some employers might well tell you to just keep working…or even send you home for the rest of the day.

Sorry, but I see things also from the employer's side of the telescope, and I am not sure any of YOU would pay someone $14 bucks to do NOTHING AT ALL FOR YOU. so why do you expect your employer to do that for you?

milewalker200 2011-11-23 10:54:24 -0600 Report

document everything is one of the best thing you can do. Im very lucky where I work the boss seems to know when im pushing myself to far. They well send me for a break.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 21:48:57 -0600 Report

Am documenting and also have put my foot down. I cannot count on them being fair and balanced. So I will do it myself.
Glad your employer is understanding.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for your input!
Blessings, Mickey