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Discrimination Law

Discussion in 'Legislative Issues' started by Mom2Will, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Mom2Will

    Mom2Will Approved members

    Oct 11, 2007
    My uncle sent me the following: thought I would share


    Tell the Senate to Support the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act

    Many people with diabetes and other chronic diseases are no longer protected against discrimination from their employers.

    Help end an absurd catch 22 preventing people from fighting employer discrimination.

    Employers have been saying a person with diabetes is "too disabled" to do the job, but not "disabled enough" to be protected by the laws. The stakes are huge: If a person with diabetes isn’t covered by anti-disability discrimination law then it's perfectly legal to fire or refuse to hire that person explicitly because of his or her diabetes.

    Stephen Orr, a pharmacist at a Wal-Mart in Nebraska , was fired for taking lunch breaks to manage his diabetes. Yet he was never able to remedy this injustice. Speak out now! >>

    It’s clear that Congress intended to protect people with diabetes - like Stephen Orr - and other chronic diseases from discrimination when the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990. But that’s not how the courts have interpreted the law.

    Tell the Senate to Support "The Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act" to make sure those originally intended to be protected from discrimination are protected.

    With gratitude,
    Breeana L.
    Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team http://www.thepetitionsite.com/

  2. Gaia

    Gaia Approved members

    Jan 18, 2008
    I joined care2 about a year ago because of sex offender petitions that were posted on my website. I recieved this one in my email last week and signed it right away!! Every little thing helps right? :)
  3. Tabithas_storm

    Tabithas_storm Approved members

    Apr 25, 2008
    Diabetes is covered under the ADA. I know for a fact that TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority, which is a federal facility) was sued for refusing to hire someone based on the fact that they are diabetic, and it was known that 3 people in that department had diabetes. This person had worked in the TVA system as a contractor, and there were no issues. He is a pump user, and his diabetes is very well controlled. In the 4 or 5 years he was in a contractor position, there were no issues with his diabetes.
    He won the suit, has a job and was given a settlement, and thankfully, I think TVA will think twice about repeating the mistake.

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