Workers’ Rights for People with Diabetes

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Workers’ Rights for People with Diabetes

June 3, 2020

photo of man sitting at a desk working with a pen, paper and computerIf you have diabetes and are concerned about getting coronavirus while working, you can ask for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law requiring employers to provide employees with disabilities reasonable accommodations so that they can perform their job. A reasonable accommodation is a change to the hiring process, the job or the way it is done, or to the work environment. All accommodations must be reasonable and can be denied if the change would cause undue hardship for the employer. There are no limits to the number of reasonable accommodations you can request.

Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • telework,
  • temporary work reassignment to allow for social distancing,
  • provision of parking to avoid public transportation, and
  • permission to use PPE like gloves and facemasks.

For information on how to request reasonable accommodations, visit the American Diabetes Association website.  

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