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Your Rights at Work with Diabetes

Randy Rieland Nov 14th, 2015 (updated Jan 13th, 2017)
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The Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities from unfair treatment and enables them to request special accommodations at work. It’s best to have a letter of support from your doctor and to make accommodation requests in writing. Here, according to the American Diabetes Association, are some of the more common ones.

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Treatments at work
Treatments at work

You should have the ability to test your blood sugar and inject insulin anywhere at work. If you'd rather do this in private, you can ask that you have access to a place with more privacy. You also have the right to keep diabetes supplies and food near your workstation. .

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Time off
Time off

You should also be able to leave for treatment or even to get training for diabetes management—without penalty.

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No shift work
No shift work

You can’t be required to work swing shifts.  You can, in fact, request that you work only standard shifts

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Get off your feet
Get off your feet

If you have diabetic neuropathy--a common nerve disorder that often develops with diabetes—you can request permission to sit on a stool or in a chair instead of standing.

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Bigger screens
Bigger screens

Those with the vision disorder of diabetic retinopathy can request large screen computer monitors.

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Time for breaks
Time for breaks

You have the right to ask for breaks to check your blood sugar level, eat a snack, take your medications or go to the bathroom.