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Author Topic: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination  (Read 4245 times)

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Offline klayzee

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The ADA started this petition and are looking for 40,000 signatures - they have over 12,000 as of now.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/252413738?z00m=13338084

From the petition page:

Stephen Orr, a pharmacist at a Wal-Mart in Nebraska, was fired for taking lunch breaks to manage his diabetes. Yet he was never able to remedy this injustice.

The reason?

Courts have been throwing out diabetes discrimination cases because of an absurd Catch 22, siding with employers who claim that a person with diabetes is "too disabled" to do the job, but not "disabled enough" to be protected by the laws!

That's what happened to Stephen.

The stakes are huge: if a person with diabetes isnít covered by anti-disability discrimination law, then it's perfectly legal to fire or refuse to hire that person explicitly because of his or her diabetes.

Itís clear Congress intended to protect people with diabetes and other chronic diseases from discrimination when they passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. But thatís not how the courts have interpreted the law.

Help make sure that women and men who should be protected from discrimination are indeed protected! Tell the Senate to support "The Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration Act."
-Karen: Mom, Wife, Writer, Movie Buff, Animal Lover, and Great Cook (If I do say so myself!) ;)



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Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 02:56:51 PM »
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  • I signed it.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Janette (Mom of Adrian, dx on 08/25/2005 & Alexander Non D)


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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 03:06:27 PM »
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  • Thanks, Janette. :)
    -Karen: Mom, Wife, Writer, Movie Buff, Animal Lover, and Great Cook (If I do say so myself!) ;)



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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 03:21:28 PM »
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  • I also signed it..After the boys have grown I would like to go back into the work force and not have an employer discriminate against me and my D

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 03:25:53 PM »
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  • Done... thanks for posting this!
    Kerry 
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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 03:29:28 PM »
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  • signed.
    thanks...
    Yolanda (Mom to Amanda 21 dx 3/27/06, pumping w/MM since 10/06 and Alec 17) South Florida=


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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 03:30:38 PM »
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  • Thanks Karen signed and emailed out to family/friends




    Anthony (age 21) dx age 9   2/24/2004

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008, 03:43:45 PM »
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  • Thanks! Signed. Will be sending this one around.

    Andy

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008, 03:49:06 PM »
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  • That could be one of our loved ones. Always a fight for our rights!
    Thank You. Signed and posted.
    Wife of Rob
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    Aaron 8 yrs. old, Dx at 14 months, pumping for 4 years Animas
    Rachel 12 yrs. old (Non-D)

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #9 on: February 05, 2008, 04:57:04 PM »
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  • signed
    Leslie in New Jersey: mom to ava 11 (non-d) and giovanni 13 (dx'd T1D 7/25/07 and Celiac 1/14)

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #10 on: February 05, 2008, 05:06:54 PM »
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  • I also just copied and pasted your post into an email and sent it to my whole mailbox.
    Thanks,
    Leslie
    Leslie in New Jersey: mom to ava 11 (non-d) and giovanni 13 (dx'd T1D 7/25/07 and Celiac 1/14)

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #11 on: February 05, 2008, 07:51:21 PM »
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  • Done....
    Meaghan - 6 (dx -12/14/07, pumping since 07/23/08) & Richard - 9 (non-D)



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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #12 on: February 06, 2008, 11:51:58 PM »
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  • Thanks for posting this-  This is exactly the kind of argument the school district made against Beth's 504 plan; if you argue she can do anything as anyone else then she isn't disabled "enough".  It's happening more than you'd think and it's especially tough in the workplace.
    Sabrina, mom to Beth(18) dx'd 3,2006--- Houston, TX

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #13 on: February 09, 2008, 01:34:30 PM »
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  • I am stunned at this article. Thanks for posting. I'll be signing it! Totally ridiculous! I wonder if this is a Wal Mart issue (aren't they infamous for treating their employees poorly?) or if it has happened with other employers?
    Elizabeth (14), non-D, and Emily (18), diagnosed 5/06; pumping with Medtronic. Occasionally uses Dexcom Share.

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    Re: Petition: Protect People with Diabetes from Employer Discrimination
    « Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008, 06:15:19 PM »
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  • Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.  My daughter has lost at least 3 jobs due to complications from the diabetes.  I will be sending it on to family and friends.
    Mom to Meg, 23 dx 2/27/2004 (just shy of her 20th birthday).



     


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