First of all ~ It is against the law for an employer to "FIRE" an employee due to a seizure condition.
It is a form of descrimination and against the Human Rights code and the federal constitution.
It is the responsibility of the employer to provide an adequate work area and supply special needs if required.
"By law the employer must provide adequate working conditions or supply special needs as/if required to effectively do the job, even if that means restructuring the work area".
However, if a case like that ever went to court, it would be awfully hard for anybody to prove that they were denied a job for THAT reason, therefore cases like that usually go unreported.
Although I'm from Canada and have worked for the federal Gov't for 30 yrs., this law is almost exactly the same.
Second ~ the meds (Depakote) can definately cause lack of concentration and focus, it's like you're in a fog. It's a huge trade-off ~ stay on the meds and put up with the side effects or go off the meds and risk a seizure, possibly while you're driving.
I'm speaking from 27 yrs. of experience.
Here is what happened to me:
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. 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.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.