Although for some people their disabilities prevent them from getting a job, many disabled Americans are still able to work. Unfortunately, many disabled employees in Indiana still face discrimination at the hands of their employers or colleagues. This sort of conduct is unacceptable, so it is vital that those responsible are made accountable for their actions. In a recent lawsuit, a diabetic employee is fighting back after being unfairly treated at work.
The former employee, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, worked for Cornell Information Technology. However, worsening of his condition has placed him on dialysis, leaving him unable to work. Before his condition reached this point, however, he suffered heavy criticism at work when he was required to take time off for medical appointments.
Furthermore, when he attempted to return to his job, he was hindered by requests for numerous medical clearances. He also found that the tools and vehicle necessary for his job were not made available to him. Although he did his best not to allow his condition to get in the way of his work, as his symptoms worsened, his employer became less tolerant. In response to his claims, an associate University counsel has stated that she feels no discrimination took place. To reinforce this, she cites the dismissal of several other employees at a time when he was retained despite his disability.
It has also been mentioned that Cornell moved the man to a different department in an attempt to accommodate him. However, the former employee feels that the bulk of the discrimination arose when his legs began to fail him. The case has been ongoing for two years now, but finally appears set to move forward. The former employee is pursuing a sum of $1 million from the University.
Although this man lives in another state, employees in Indiana can certainly sympathize with him. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly in your place of work as a result of your disability, you have the right to challenge those responsible. By seeking justice you may be able to improve your own situation and that of your colleagues. An attorney can advise you about your rights and help to ensure your case is investigated sufficiently.
Source: The Cornell Daily Sun, “Case Accusing Cornell of Disability Discrimination Moves Forward,” Noah Rankin, May 7, 2014