My husband was diagnosed with epilepsy about 35 Years ago. He was given dilantin 3 times a day and has not had a seizure since. So there shouldn't be a problem. Wrong. When he was younger he would not disclose his medical condition where he worked because the way society viewed people with epilepsy. Now a days it is hard concealing it because of the drug tests by employers. So he has been disclosing his medical condition. Most employers didn't seem to discriminate against him because of his medical condition. Until about 1 1/2 years ago. My husband was hired and two weeks later another company took over and kept the same employees. Well I guess they didn't really review the applications that the existing employees filled out. About a week later my husband was called to his employer's office. They questioned him about the medical information he gave on his job application. He explained that he did not have a seizure in over 35 years and he gave them his doctor's name so the could talk to him if thay had any questions.
Well they escorted him to the gate and told him that he was not to return to work. I was horrified at the treatment . I can only guess as to how my husband felt.
A couple of days later, a supervisor from the company that fired him called and told him that they wanted him to go to their company doctor. The supervisor said that if their company doctor said it was o.k. for him to work, they would hire him back. My husband went to their doctor and he placed him on restrictions stating that my husband could not work in safety sensitive areas. Well the employer said that every job area was safety sensitive and therefore denied my husband from returning to work. The man that took the paperwork from my husband told him to go to his doctor and get a report to send to the company doctor. His doctor did not place any restrictions on my husband, but the company doctor still refused to change his evaluation. So my husband was out of a job.
My husband is currently working. He was so scared of what had happened on his previous job that he did not disclose his medical information on his current job. Now he is worried that his current employer will find out about his condition. He told me he rather be worried about them finding out rather than being out of a job. He says if they do find out, he can't be treated any worse then the way he was treated by his previous employer where he had disclosed his medical information
My husband was being honest about his condition. My husband told me that his previous employer made him feel criminal and had done something wrong. He said he felt totally humilated.
I just can't believe in this day and age that he would be ostrisized for having a medical condition. So don't go believing that things have changed about the stigma of epilepsy. Discrimination is very much alive when it comes to someone who has been diagnosed with epilepsy. I just had to get this off my chest because this has been bothering me. I hope no one else has to go through the humiliation my husband went through.