Re: Epilepsy and work?
There are a LOT of variables on this issue.
It sounds like you are part time. thats one of the items: Part time or full time with the company.
How long you have been working at the company.
If they have a termination clause where either party may end the employment contract (i.e. an "at will" work contract sometimes used)
How comfortable you are with the employer. Are they accepting of people with handicaps?
Thats a partial list. Under the EEOC/ A.D.A. (if I remember my accronyms) they only need to make "reasonable" adaptations (slightly larger working area, raised desk for wheelchairs, hands free phones if para-palegic, etc). Not buy custom equiptment just for persons that are disabled.... thats prefferential treatment compared to the other staff.
Personally I decided to tell my employers AFTER I was hired right away. Then if I was terminated right away I could yell descrimination. They were very accepting and even told me if I felt a seizure comming on to head to the break room and let it pass; then start back on the phones. Never had problems at that company. They were very understanding. Worked there 2 years until my seizures worsened and I gave 2 weeks notice for quitting, explaining it was medical reason.
However many will use knowing about a condition against a person. So it is a hard call to make. If you will be unable to work for MONTHS, it is more likely termination is in their best option. Unless you can make a deal for leave of absence and then come back when you are able to.
Last edited by Travis from MN; 04-25-2005 at 03:07 PM.