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   Posted 8/17/2005 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had EP for 25 years and wanted to make this comment;
"If a qualified person is not hired or is terminated from employment as a result of a seizure condition, it is considered a form of descrimination and a violation of your Human Rights" resulting in a hefty fine or  jail time to the employer as per the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The employer must provide adequate work accommodations and/or special needs required to do the job.
My bosses thought that I was putting it on so I wouldn't have to do certain things.
Through my employer (Government of Canada) they finally sent me to a "neuro/psyc" to examine me and DOCUMENT what I can/can't do.
I don't know where you're from but I'm from Canada and we have the right to request this type of exam, in MY case it was my employer that requested it.
As a result of it being documented, my employer sent the results to "Health Canada" and since the job was being illiminated, the report showed that "as a result of the long term use of the meds, I could not learn new tasks "and requested that I go on DISABILITY and then medical retirement.
That proved to my employer that I was telling the truth all along  and NOT FAKING IT.
Randy (Ontario, Canada)

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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   Posted 8/18/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   


  I'm sorry this happened to you, but glad your employer sent you for an exam to find out that your were not faking it!!

  I believe we have the same rights here in the states and I hope if this does happen to someone they will take advantage of the laws we have for this.

  Thanks for that post. Take care.


Diagnosis: Lupus and Restless leg syndrome 1990, RA and  Fibro 1994, Sjoren's and Raynaud's 1995, Diverticulitis 1998, Seizures April, 2005

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   Posted 8/19/2005 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear this also. I hear it way to often. I wish people were more accepting.  It is so very good that you know all of your rights.

In the past year since my dx, I couldn't have been more fortunate of the people around me. Everyone loves me at work so much. After we established that I was an excellent worker then I let them know. Even classmates and my teacher were not phased. People mostly want to know what to do for me in the case that I do have a seizure. But I have only been dx'ed a year ago and I normally do not have seizures during the day. I feel for you.
Take care


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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 8/20/2005 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Randy, Thanks so much for sharing what happened to you...I am sure others will be helped by knowing they are not alone with this!
SO good that you were able to prove that it is not faking, but so very sad that you had to!!
Hoping things are going ok for you now.....

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 8/20/2005 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   


I don't have Epilepsy, but as a Human Resources professional, I just want to make sure you all know that in the US, due to the Americans with Disabilities act, an employer can't fail to hire you or terminate you because you have Epilepsy. As long as you can perform what are called the "essential functions" of the job, they can't discriminate against you. "Essential Functions" are basically the duties and roles listed in the job description. If you can perform the essential functions, but need an accommodation for your disease/disability, the employer must make the accommodation unless it would constitute an "unreasonable hardship" (usually meaning too much money). 

Hope that helps! yeah

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