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Employment and Seizures

Seizures shouldn't keep people from being able to work. Let's promote anti-discrimination toward employees with epilepsy.

Members: 48
Latest Activity: Mar 20

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In Need of a new Attorney in Michigan!

Started by Gregory E. Salinas. Last reply by Michael Waller Mar 18. 3 Replies

I was officially diagnosed with Epilepsy September 2011. I worked for the Holland Board of Public Works for over 8 years before my diagnosis,which I was less than 2 years before I was vested for my…Continue

Previous Employment

Started by Melissa Smith. Last reply by Claude Mar 11. 1 Reply

How many of you have been denied after the job interview not because they know anything about your epilepsy but because no one else has hired you?I have a clean felony free record, GED, and nothing…Continue

getting to work

Started by Kim Lathem. Last reply by Vivian Chu Aug 20, 2012. 4 Replies

I have tonic clonic seizures with no aura or warning when they will occur.  This started May 2010.  My last seizure was January 2011.  After SO many tests, my doctor cannot tell me why they occur. I…Continue

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Comment by Vivian Chu on August 23, 2013 at 10:48pm

I just became eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and was wondering if any of you would share what kind of things have worked for those of you who have worked with VR Counselors?

Comment by Allen Rossner on August 8, 2013 at 2:44pm

There may be several factors why they are not hiring you. First, take a good, fair look at yourself: Are these places looking for help? If they are interviewing, how do you present yourself? Do you have the experience to do the job? And, why are the retail jobs not working out? It has to be something on your end if they all keep letting you go. Find a fair/trusted friend or relative to objectively look at you and tell you what they think will improve your chances. Like I said, if these places either let you go/don't hire, then it's got to be you.

Comment by Amanda on July 27, 2013 at 1:50pm

Hello, my name is Amanda and I am 21 years old and no body will hire me and I don't understand why. The only places are retail places and they end up not working out. Now my day consists of sitting on my grandmas couch all day trying to find a new job. I am qualified to do a receptionist job and yet when I apply somewhere they either don't get back with me or if I have an interview they turn me down. I could really use some help. Does anybody have any ideas. I am open to literally anything. Please help me. 

Comment by Rebecca Elizabeth Anglin on July 25, 2013 at 10:40am

Hello everyone my name name is Rebecca, how are you today? I agree 100% with you in fact. B/c I can relate to where your coming from in many different ways.

Comment by John on October 25, 2012 at 7:28am

If someone would have put disability cubicle where I work or have worked I would have taken a photo of it and immediately gone after them. Whether they be the judicial branch of government or the president of a company. No one should be allowed to do that. If they did it they would be paying for it to me.

I already had an incident similar where my boss at the time when she did my evaluation put down everything I did was either excellent or exceptional. Then in the comment section she writes "With the exception of an occasional seizure." I was mad as he double hockey sticks. I didn't say anything about it and I am gald I didn't. When she told me about six months later she had no more money to keep me as an employee (which I knew was going to happen since she was leaving but never told anyone, I found out thru other means) she then gets a call from another person wanting to hire me and she tells me the next day she told him all the good about me but also all the bad, such as I have a tendancy to forget things and she said she wasn't sure if it was due to my medication. The rest of the day she just kept pushing for more and more work to be done. Then said she doesn't like having to be my mother. At that point I went into her office and told her off and she came back into the room we work in and told me I was officially fired as I was on the phone with our administrator asking for a copy of my evaluation, and she told me I was officially fired. I forgot I was on the phone and blurted out some nasty things and told her I was going to sue her. She came back and apologized to me and I told her to shove it. This happened about seven times. As I was going to get me evaluation the phone rang and it was the head of our dept and he asked me what was going on. I told him and he said to me for my final to weeks I was no longer working under her but rather her boss and he had her boss call the person that interviewed me. I never pursued going after her but I know she was sure scared for weeks.  

Comment by charles l. brown on October 15, 2012 at 11:35am

MY FAITH IS THAT ALL PEOPLE(SEIZURES OR OTHERWISE),WOULD BEGIN TO RESPECT(AND ACKNOWLEDGE)THAT LIFE THROWS CURVE BALLS AND DROPS FIRE,BUT THAT SHOULD NEVER KEEP PEOPLE WITH SEIZURES FROM SEEKING,SECURING,GETTING,KEEPING AND BEING SUCCESSFUL AT ANY JOB,VOCATION,CAREER,WORK,BUSINESS ONE SEEKS(OR WISHES),TO BE A PART OF OR BECOME.I'M OF THE BELIEF THAT PEOPLE HINDER EACH OTHER,BY THEIR LACK OF CONCERN DUE TO AN INABILITY TO REFLECT ON AREAS OF THEIR LIVES WHERE THEY TOO WERE VULERABLE AND FELT POWERLESS IN THINGS THAT MATTERED(AND STILL DO),IN THEIR LIVES.FIND ME A PERSON WHO PROCLAIM(TO BE PERFECT)AND I WILL SHOW THAT THIS PERSON,HASN'T THE LEAST BIT OF KNOWLEDGE OR CONCERN ABOUT HOW EPILESPY(SEIZURES),HAS SOME DEVASTING EFFECTS(IF NOT MOMENTS OF ABJECT PAIN),WHERE EVEN THINGS MAY SEEM TO BE GOING WELL AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT,THEN SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS(WHICH FOR SOME),COULD BE AN EXPERIENCE(POSITIVE OR NOT),THAT WILL IMPACT THAT PERSON FOR THE LIFE THAT THEY LIVE(NOW AND FUTURE).ONE JUST NEED TO BE REALISTIC AND FOCUSED TO THE POINT OF REALLY TRUSTING,IN THAT WHICH BRINGS FORTH A RESULT THAT WILL LEAD TO A LIFE AFFIRMING(CHANGING)MOMENT.

Comment by mroux on March 23, 2012 at 11:53am
Allen- there's number of factors in deciding objectively what u need to
Consider. I'm on my phone and out of pocket so I can't outline all that everyone needs to know. The considerations are factual, emotional, value of your case, amount of evidence you have, companys policy, personality and history of your manager, treatment of similarly situated people, and any limitations on your work.
That's a start... But I'll lay it out more under separate email.

I do not encourage people to just file bc repercussions can be grave. But I decided to proceed bc I had anticipated and closely watched my issues. The decision to file took great deal of weighing the pros/cons, valuation etc a of which was backed up with evidence.

Again, I'll clarify later. Everyone shoud follow some measures to protect themselves. I never thought I would be in this situation bc I was dealing with a huge bank, in a legal dept!
Comment by Allen Rossner on March 22, 2012 at 12:25pm

mroux...people have told me that the EEOC route for filing a complaint against a company is a waste of time/resources. Is this true? I had talked to them when the store I work for was denying me reasonable accomodation/dismissal if I did not follow the schedule posted even thought I had no transportation at the times they posted. The guy at the offices in Phila. was very nice and even sent me some paerwork to fill out. When I threatened the company with a Federal complaint they backed off, but, still, I heard it was very difficult going that route. Fortunately, when I called corporate offices with the threat of filing, those people got into quite a bit of trouble, and I didn't have to do it. (They even sent some lawyers up to "calm me down"..lol) 

Comment by mroux on March 21, 2012 at 6:55pm
You can't be denied work if you can control your seizures and it does not impact your work or endanger others. If someone gets seizures all the time, they can't apply for certain jobs that potentially endanger themselves or others. But what employers can do it accommodate them and place them in a Job that they can fulfill.

I was fired from a job that I was good at and it was a corporate bank. And they denied me fmla, and reasonable accommodation to seek medical attention. They were placed on notice by email which I blind copied myself and kept evidence of notice, and what I needed. I gathered all my evidence, did not sign a document and so when she came up with trumped up charges, I had a planned a defensive action. They think people with epilepsy are involuntarily violent and this ignorant corporate attorney manager accused me of being assaultive which, as a practicing lawyer myself, neve exist. I field a lawsuit against this huge bank to place them of legal notice that they should never ever do this kind of crap again to anyone. What they need to do is provide every avenue to accommodate someone. Epilepsy have numerous reasons for its onset. And it also can be developed. It can happen to anyone. So now, after filing EEC and obtaining right to sue letter and case before federal court with attendant state law and municipal law violations, they are afraid of their reputation. Through to be. This manager who earns a huge chunk should be fired and that is my goal. I dont care who they are, but there is a way management and companies can deal with employees with some limitations. And asking for a break is not ill.

I suggest anyone who has sme ailments to keep a journal of their work or sophie work issues. No one fires you for being sick. It's too obvious. But they drum up work performance issues, etc. to eliminate the probability of discriminatory animus. Keep a journal. Keep track of your hours, and even emailed necessary confirming the discussion, or even time off. Those are evidences. If you have a good commendation from clients, others, keep truck of them. I kept travel of my positive feedbacks from my opposing counsels, internal traders, and everyone. Best defense is offense. I kept log of important emails, BCC myself a and kept a record of it at home Ina hard copy. If you have to negotiate anytime, it's evidence. My old company hired a top notch ny Lawfirm to defend them but after they saw the amount of humiliating emails, and evidence,which will present, they called to discuss settlement. They did not realize nor anticipate that someone with epilepsy might be smarter than the highest boss or have the sixth sense to strategize better than they. Just because I have epilepsy, I among violent whichghispefsopn accused me of. It caused stress, and self doubt and to be blackballed or be subject of odd termination, my chances of being hired was gangly affected, and my reputation.

Keep a log! People think I am faking illness but it's because I look normal and act normal it's not something we can openly discussz either.
Comment by John on March 21, 2012 at 3:15pm

What kills me is when you are turned down they all give the same excuse as to why you were not the one hired. " I found someone just a little better than you, If they never showed up you were next in line for the job."

 

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