Epilepsy In the Workplace
At our first Empowering Epilepsy: Empower Your Life Conference, Civil Rights and Employment Attorney Cathleen Bolek, from Bolek, Besser and Glesius, LLC, discussed the various state and federal laws that protect individuals with epilepsy in the workplace. She addressed the following common questions:
- When are you required to tell your employer about your medical condition?
- Is epilepsy a “disability” under the law?
- Can your employer treat you differently because of a fear that you may have a seizure at work?
- When must you share medical information with your employer, and when may your employer ask for it?
- Can your employer require you to have a medical examination?
- What accommodations are you entitled to in the workplace?
- How should you respond to workplace harassment and discrimination?
- What remedies are available if an employer illegally discriminates against you?
She has also spoken to local neurologists to help them navigate through the required forms to complete to best represent their patients with epilepsy issues in the workplace.
To learn more about Epilepsy in the Workplace, click on the Epilepsy in the Workplace Link below to view Ms. Bolek’s presentation.
Ms. Bolek has been an advocate for the employment rights of disabled employees for more than twenty years. She is a referral source for the Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund through the Epilepsy Foundation, and has represented many individuals with epilepsy over the years.
Epilepsy at Work – Designed for HR Professionals, this toolkit will provide training and information on how to support co-workers, clients and customers with epilepsy in the workplace.
Questions and Answers about Epilepsy in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Learn more about having or applying for a job while living with epilepsy. Are you required to tell your employer before you are hired? Should you volunteer the information? What can an employer do when he/she learns you have epilepsy? When can they ask for more information about your epilepsy. Click on the green title to learn more.
Reasonable Accommodations for Employees with Epilepsy – Is epilepsy a disability and what accommodations are available for employees with epilepsy.
Study confirms vocational rehabilitation improves employment outcomes for people with epilepsy. Click on the title to read more about this article from the Epilepsy Foundation.