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CheerDad
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   Posted 3/15/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if everyone knows, but congress amended the Americans With Disabilities Act to include intestinal disease and several other conditions. Well I went in Friday to the EEOC and filed a discrimination against a person with a disability against my employer. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but the past year has been a nightmare. You do not need to notify your employer in writing to have them discriminate against you which I thought you did. I had asked for reasonable accomodations for a flexible schedule last April and it was denied and I was told to take sick leave. There are several others who have flexible schedules in my office and are not disabled. Therefore, my employer has been continuing to discriminate against me since April. The charge also claims that the continued harrasment of my supervisor over the past year has had a dramatic impact on the unavoidale symptoms of my disability. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I am not the only one that filed from my office. Another person filed the week before. Well don't know what this will mean but I will keep you posted.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
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isergodur
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   Posted 3/15/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck :)
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! Good luck and keep us posted.
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inflamed
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! I'm glad you filed it.
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vietvet
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
good luck, randy. i had to do it too, about 7 years ago. i and two others filed under age discrimination. if i'd known i was going to sail into ssdi the way i did, i would have filed under the ADA. while you are still working, you just don't think of yourself as disabled, but you know you are being discriminated against, and at least in our case, being exploited physically at an advanced age with infirmities. gird yourself, and strengthen your resolve. litigation is NOT fun. you will have ups and downs emotionally over the next 3 years, bouncing between determination and just wanting to be done with it.

we actually got through all the hoops and interference court determinations and had a federal court date set after 3 years. i settled and left the company, and immediately filed for ssdi. the other two took a small stipend and stayed (for which they both were sorry they did). one of them died 6 months after leaving the company due to a diabetic limb loss (that we all attribute to what the company did to us). the other one is still working and looking forward to retiring in the next year. he also is diabetic and not in the best of health. i was lucky, i had the VA to fall back on for healthcare till my wife retires.

something else to remember, randy, is that even if you win, they can tie you up with appeals for years. i'm not saying that to scare you, but so you don't go into it blindly. i did a lot of research, and found that most discrimination cases are settled out of court as a means for the aggreaved and often times ill person to make an exit. the company doesn't like paying lawyers either.

it's not fun. it's not easy. but, it may be worth it in the long run. good luck.

vv

gachrons
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   Posted 3/16/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wishing all the best to you and let us know how things are going.. sounds like it's a bit of a hard place to be but you know you been threw worse so let your lawyers do the work and try to relax .. hope this brings the good outcome you are looking for.. lol gail
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/16/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck Randy!!! Do keep us posted on how everything goes.

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Sniper
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you have good luck with the case. I know what a h@!! a company can make for you when your ill. Went through it myself. Glad I am away and on SSDI. I cant imagine what it would have been like had I been younger. Keep us up to date and best of luck.
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LMills
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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you...It's nice to hear people take charge and defend what is rightfully theirs!
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
MY dear friend'
PLz do keep me posted on this will ya'Know I think of you so often
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Homeboy
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   Posted 3/16/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if everyone knows, but congress amended the Americans With Disabilities Act to include intestinal disease and several other conditions.
(That is awesome) smilewinkgrin

The EEOC is great to work with.

Good Luck with you case, and keep us updated. I am always interested to hear how the workforce is treating my fellow CDers.
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malakai
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   Posted 3/16/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
good luck to you...
Newbie - 37 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
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Asacol 2x day
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CheerDad
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   Posted 3/19/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Monday is going to be a long day. It is the day my employer will receive the charges from the EEOC. I have a lunch meeting with my attorney Monday too. He not only does labor law, but he sits on the State BAR so is well respected in the legal community. I need to be much more attentive and document everything. Thank goodness we are closed Fridays so I don't have to be there tomorrow.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
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Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 36 years.


Sniper
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   Posted 3/20/2009 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Too bad we all dont have a God Father that could make them and offer they couldn't refuse !!!!
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CheerDad
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Well the saga continues. I just went thru a pre-depravation hearing and was notified I am being suspended from work for a week without pay. It lasted a whole five minutes. I stated that I fully believed that nothing I said would have an affect on the outcome of the hearing and it was this exact continued persecution that brought me to file charges with the EEOC. That I just wanted to get this over with and let the EEOC process follow what path it will.

We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
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Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 36 years.


Ides
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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeez Randy - I'm so sorry about the suspension. A small sliver of sun though in the suspension - if the EEOC finds you are being discriminated against, this suspension might bring monetary gains.
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