what are your rights?

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-04-04 10:49:47 -0500
Started 2014-04-03 14:46:00 -0500

These discussions have come up here many times.
"Where can you turn if you feel you have been treated unfairly due to your diabetes?" - The ADA has a lot of info. See more at: http://goo.gl/JPQIkt


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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-04 10:49:47 -0500 Report

Steve thanks for posting this. Back in the late 90's I was an EMT at a Volunteer Fire Company. One Saturday afternoon we got a call to one of the chair restaurants for an unconscious male. We found him in front of the salad bar. His clothing soaking wet but skin hot and dry. We asked what happened. A police officer said one of the employees informed us the young man was a T1 diabetic and the manager refused to allow him to take a break to eat and take his insulin. He made him work in the kitchen in the heat and that day it was about 103 outside. The employee also said the manager makes him take off his medical alert bracelet when he comes to work. He said the kid had been working in the kitchen since 9am and we got the call at 12:30. He was given a bolus of insulin. We put plastic and a sheet on the stretcher and made the manager bring us buckets of ice. We packed him in ice from head to foot and transported him to the ER where they added more ice and an industrial fan. He had regained consciousness thankfully. He was 17 and working for the summer. About a month later we were hanging out at the firehouse when a woman came with all this food. It was the young man and his mother. She came with a meal for us and a cake thanking us for saving her sons life. She reported that the manager fired her son, she was suing the restaurant. She said the manager said to him diabetics don't need to work or to live with such a nasty disease. They had the ADA act posted in the locker room and the manager said it did not apply to how he ran his restaurant. I am sure she won her case and her son was doing great.

This information should be advertised in every work place.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-03 17:57:02 -0500 Report

I went to the see more info site. I thought it was wonderful. At the present I feel more like I'm treated unfairly more due to age and sex, than I do due to being diabetic. I can see that is because I am a retired old lady (LOL) and I didn't get diagnosed as diabetic until after I was retired. I do know there are a lot of people out there with diabetes that are either young and/ or not yet retired who do have problems. I wish to thank you haoleboy for this discussion post and for the web site you listed. I hope that it can help those of us with diabetes who are having problems. I would like to say if I am needed to speak up and stand up for them I will be proud to.