EEOC Releases Fact Sheet on Diabetes in the Workplace Under the ADA

October 29, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a fact sheet today discussing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to diabetes in the workplace designed to help employers, applicants and employees with diabetes understand their rights and responsibilities.

In the past five years the number of charges alleging discrimination based on diabetes filed under the ADA has increased 13% and the disease in on the rise, leading to the need for more information.

According to a press release, the fact sheet addresses frequently asked questions and topics such as:

  • when diabetes is considered a disability under the ADA
  • when it is permissible for an employer to ask an applicant or employee questions about his or her diabetes
  • what are reasonable accommodations employees with diabetes may need on the job
  • how an employer should handle safety concerns about people with diabetes in the workplace.

This diabetes fact sheet is the first in a series of releases addressing various illnesses and conditions and how they are dealt with in the workplace under the ADA, according to the release.

The publication is available at http://www.eeoc.gov .

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