Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Glaucoma as a Medical Disability

Employees’ contribution to the society is well recognized that various laws are implemented. These laws are aimed at protecting their rights especially when they are disabled hence unable to work.

One disability that employees may encounter is glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease in the optic nerve, which can cause permanent blindness if untreated. In fact, it is the leading cause of blindness in the world.

If glaucoma is recognized as a medical disability, an employee must be given necessary accommodations by the employer. An employee must be afforded the time for medical appointments, provided with Braille materials or adaptive computer software or given reasonable time off.

Most people at high risks for glaucoma are those over 60 years old or those who have family history of it.

As glaucoma is a disability, you have the right to be given necessary considerations. If you feel like being discriminated against, then the law gives you the right to sue your employer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Epilepsy as Disability

Employees and workers are the most valuable members of the workforce. Without them, the economy would cripple even further. Hence, the lawmakers made it a point to protect their rights especially in times when they are rendered disabled.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment Housing Act are just some of the laws that protect Californian employees and workers from disability discrimination. The employer should not take adverse actions based only of his employee’s medical condition.

As disability can oftentimes get in the way of work, the tendencies are work is delayed or not fully accomplished. Inevitably, workers are discriminated against. It should be understood though that disability includes not only physical but also neurological imbalances like epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by recurrent epileptic seizures caused by a synchronous or abnormal excessive neuronal activity in the brain. Epilepsy can never be cured though it can be controlled.

If the seizures limit one’s ability to work, it would cause him not to function properly then eventually be considered a disabled. Consequently, the employer should afford such employee reasonable accommodations such as permitting to attend medical check ups or schedule doctor’s appointments.

Employees are advised to know their rights under the law. On the other hand, employers should learn to respect such rights.