Type 1 with job discrimination

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-06-23 21:10:05 -0500
Started 2014-06-21 22:21:37 -0500

I was diagnosed with T1D just slightly 1 month before my 22nd birthday.

Because no one around me is diabetic, I don't know what to do. I feel so embarrass when I have to check my DG in the naked eyes of the public, and I'm even facing job discrimination at work. I've had companies rejecting me a job when I declared that I'm a diabetic.

My current workplace does not know that I'm a diabetic, and I'm afraid that I will lose my job if they were to find out about it.

I need some advice here. I'm from Singapore and a lot of companies are not willing to hire people with chronic illness. If you were me, what will you do?


22 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-22 14:36:14 -0500 Report

The laws in America protect of from discrimination. You have to find out what the laws are in your country. Since you are not in America, I don't think anyone can tell you what to do other than to find out what companies will hire you or seek out a healthcare lawyer to help you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-22 14:36:01 -0500 Report

The laws in America protect of from discrimination. You have to find out what the laws are in your country. Since you are not in America, I don't think anyone can tell you what to do other than to find out what companies will hire you or seek out a healthcare lawyer to help you.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-06-22 14:15:55 -0500 Report

Howdy Sihy
The best advice I can give would be to seek out a lawyer who specializes in such healthcare discrimination cases.

That way you can find out what companies are allowed and not allowed to do to you.

For me in the USA to tell you how is is (or should be by law) here would be beside the point since the laws here are not applicable to your situation.

Just because a company can get away with discrimination against a particular person with a disease does not mean that it is legal according to the law of the land (in either nation).

God's best to you and yours
James Baker
Las Vegas, NV. USA. .

Chevy Vega
Chevy Vega 2014-06-22 07:35:34 -0500 Report

When I was working, I was so fortunate to be union protected. I even got management to put sharps containers in the washrooms.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-06-23 18:27:45 -0500 Report

I worked union several times throughout my life. Unfortunately I NEVER felt protected, but always felt taken advantage of by the union.

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 05:33:38 -0500 Report

Thank you for your encouragement.
I guess I'm really afraid that I'll lose my job because of previous jobs' incident. During my interview with the previous companies, I declared that I have T1D, and I was told on the spot that I was not hired because they were afraid that I might faint due to low DG. I've never encounter this before thus for my current job, I didn't declare that I was 1 during my interview.

neverlowbg
neverlowbg 2014-06-22 01:10:12 -0500 Report

If your in Singapore you need to find out what your workplace rights are and from talking to people who have worked in ither countries there really are none here in America discrimination is against the law if fired or punished for it here you get a lawyer and sue them over in Singapore who knows good luck

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 05:35:03 -0500 Report

The problem here is, I was being denied the chance to even start working for the company when I declared I'm a T1D (for the previous jobs interview). I'm afraid that I will lose my job again if my current company finds out about it.

Jeff82
Jeff82 2014-06-22 00:48:35 -0500 Report

That is grounds for discrimination and wrongful termination, you can sue them for that. Also for your own safety you might(just my advice/idea) want to tell a coworker Incase you have a real bad low BS and need help

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-22 14:37:51 -0500 Report

He lives in Singapore. Their laws are totally different. Odds are they have no laws to protect workers from discrimination. He has to find out what the laws are in his country.

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 00:27:19 -0500 Report

Thus far, no one at work knows that I'm a diabetic, not even my supervisor or human resource department. As I've mentioned earlier, I'm afraid that I might lose my job again because of my diabetes. I've already lost my job once, I can't afford to lose it again..

Jeff82
Jeff82 2014-06-22 00:22:50 -0500 Report

Anonymous-
When you are at work if anybody is making you uncomfortable or giving you any trouble for being diabetic, then you go to your supervisor or Human Resources.
When testing in public, don't be concerned with what other people think. There is nothing to feel embarrassed about checking your BG in public, people see it, they know you're diabetic, they keep doing what they were doing for the day.
In all seriousness if it bothers them, who cares? These are people you don't know, won't see again, and mean nothing to you. You're health is more important, hang in there, you will be fine.

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 00:26:40 -0500 Report

Thus far, no one at work knows that I'm a diabetic, not even my supervisor or human resource department. As I've mentioned earlier, I'm afraid that I might lose my job again because of my diabetes. I've already lost my job once, I can't afford to lose it again..

diabeetle
diabeetle 2014-06-22 02:20:16 -0500 Report

As I see it, even though I do not know the differences between the us and Singapore, I think that it's possible that 1) they don't really understand t1d, which is really common, and maybe they are anxious to take you in. Or 2) even if they do understand, would you want to work for a company that discriminates just for a condition you happen to have?
As far as public display of diabetes (PDD) try not to care. I know it's way harder said than done, but it really Is just curiosity that causes stares.

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 05:37:07 -0500 Report

I'm so self conscious of the stares that I sometimes skip my jabs because I didn't want to do it in the toilet as it is unhygienic at times, especially if the toilet is not very clean.

RebDee
RebDee 2014-06-22 05:26:17 -0500 Report

Since you are already working there and I presume they like your work ethic, perhaps you should have a meeting with the bosses and tell them that you are a diabetic and that it does not affect your work as they have seen for themselves. However, you do have to take your BS before meals (or whenever you do it) and if it gets too low you must eat something (I would carry glucose tablets with me at all times). Just lay it out for them. Most people, even those who know nothing about Diabetes will be tolerant of what you have to do to remain at peak working conditions. If you have a pamphlet about D1, show it to them. However, while in USA, if there is a problem you have grounds for discrimination suit, I have no idea the laws and rules of Singapore and you should find out what they are for your own good. If you don't tell them yourself, and they find out on their own, it might not fare well for you. Be sure to tell them that Diabetes is not catching so they don't worry about themselves.

slhy
slhy 2014-06-22 05:39:02 -0500 Report

Thank you for your advices. I guess I'm pretty in a dilemma place on whether I should declare or not because since I did not declare that I'm one during my interview with them, they might think that I'm not honest with my integrity and I might even lose my job once I declare now..