HR rights regarding my job and Crohn's

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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a position in IT and feel extremely stressed out by the work that I have to do. Always under the gun to get things fixed in a timely fashion while trying to work through all of the different procedures to follow do get things repaired. Always getting more work to do.
I have Crohn's. I also struggle with stress, anxiety and maybe depression. For the past couple of years I have been stessed out at work. I had a resection in Oct. 2007. Lately I have had some flares of D and the intestines start to growl. I think that the stress and anxiety help to bring on the intestinal problems  Not sure what to do at this point about this.
Does anyone know what my HR or employee rights or options are with trying to find a new position with my current employer that is not IT related? Obtaining a new position within the company that is less stressful.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Generally speaking employers have to make reasonable accomodations for someone with a disability. That could involve a special chair for a bad back, free access to the restroom for crohns, a later start of the work day, etc. However, if you can't think of a way your employer could reasonably accomodate you in your position than they may not be required to help you. I think it is up to them whether or not they allow you to move to a different position in the company. I am not sure that they would be required to do so. However, you could argue that you need less stress and that if there is another open position for which you are qualified, moving you there would be a reasonable accomodation. Typically though accommodations are to keep you in your current job.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 2/2/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have disability insurance through your employer?

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Good question Bell,
I did and I never thought of it.  No one mentioned it in HR, they just let me resign knowing after 26 years I was in a crisis with depression and stress.  I resigned and took early retirement.  How dumb am I?

Also timmysang, do you have an employee handbook and any company policies re hire and retention that you can review. Know your rights. 
Keep posting and know we care.

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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   Posted 2/2/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Bell, I do have short and long term disability through my employer. Are you thinking about me taking the disability for the Crohn's and the stress and anxiety?

Kitt, I do have a handbook with all of that information. I would have to review it.

Thanks for the help.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
timmysang, make sure you talk with your GI before going on disability. You may need to prove that your crohns is active again by a scope or SBFT.
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