Diabetics, Know Your Legal Rights !

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-06-17 23:28:39 -0500
Started 2010-06-17 13:16:15 -0500

People with diabetes often wonder whether they will be able to bring diabetes supplies into places like theaters, stadiums, and court houses, take their supplies through airport security, or fully participate in private and government programs.

People with diabetes have the right to participate fully in our society without sacrificing their medical safety or facing discrimination because of misunderstandings, fears, and stereotypes about diabetes.

Federal laws prohibit most public places and programs—whether operated by private companies, non-profit organizations, or the government—from discriminating against people with diabetes.

This means that you should be provided with services that are not any different from those provided to people without disabilities. You should not be screened out or excluded because of your diabetes.

Most public and private entities must modify their policies and provide reasonable accommodations as long as doing so does not pose an undue burden.

For further information click the links below.

~Mays~

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/...

http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/...

http://www.diabetesarchive.net/advocacy-and-l...


3 replies

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-17 13:39:39 -0500 Report

Good to know, Mays, but I believe I was grossly discriminated against at my last law office job. But the problem is, how do you prove it, especially when the people doing it are lawyers?

MAYS
MAYS 2010-06-17 14:01:03 -0500 Report

Legally, it's hard to do anything without verifiable witnesses and\or documentation.

I used to do this and advised my family, friends and others to do so, always write letters clarifying and explaining everything as well as asking for an explanation to, for and about everything, (this applies to everything), always keep yourself covered.
Many believe that it's a great deal to do and are worried about how they will look to others, but once you seek legal counsel the first thing that you are asked is, do you have any sort of documentation, in court without it, your case is harder to prove.

Lawyers fear, yet respect, those who work for them because of their closeness to the business, believe me, your knowledge of the legal ins and outs of the legal field from within has, or had them on pins and needles !

~Mays~

HarmonyStarr
HarmonyStarr 2010-06-17 23:28:39 -0500 Report

Employment discrimination is hard to prove, especially in "at will" states, where they don't have to give you a reason to hire or fire you. Pennsylvania, where I live, is one such state. Unless they specifically give you a reason for firing you, in front of witnesses or in writing, it's nearly impossible to prove. Even proving being passed over for promotions and such is hard to prove unless they give you some sort of written documentation for the passing over. I used to work for lawyers too, until I started working for a bankruptcy judge. It's very hard to come up against a lawyer unless you find a better one than the one you work for. Finding a good lawyer that specializes in employment law is tough. There aren't many since it's such a hard thing to try or even work out settlement. The best thing you can do is consult with a lawyer, hopefully one that doesn't charge you for just a consult. I wish you luck if you do intend to pursue something.

Blessings,

Beth