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.