Diabetes and Job Hunting: 10 Things You Should Know

Job hunting isn’t easy for many people, and it can be particularly challenging when you have diabetes. You may be afraid that your condition will get in the way of finding work and landing the job you need. However, it is important to know that employers cannot legally discriminate against you and your condition. It’s also important for you to know your rights so that you are properly aware of what you should expect during the interview process, as well as what information you should disclose.

Some positions, such as commercial truck driving and working airline traffic control, require you to pass additional tests and screenings before employment. Before you begin your job search, take a look at these 10 things you should know when you have diabetes and you’re looking for a job. Hopefully, these can help you minimize any chances of potential discrimination, avoid unfair practices, and help you find a great position that’s appropriate for you.

10. Basic Employment Rights for People With Diabetes

As a person with diabetes, you have certain rights to protect you during the hiring and employment process. An employer cannot refuse to hire you simply based on your medical condition — they must take into account your qualifications and abilities. They must also make reasonable accommodations in the workplace if they’re necessary, and they can not discriminate against you when it comes to insurance that’s provided by the company.

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9. Interviewing

During a job interview, employers are legally prohibited from asking you about your health status, including whether or not you have diabetes. They cannot ask you questions about any prescription drugs you use, if you have ever taken medical leave, or how many sick days you have taken in the last year. They can, however, ask about your ability to perform necessary job functions that may be difficult if you have diabetes, such as working rotating shifts. If you’re planning to apply for jobs such as shift-work positions that may affect your diabetes management, it’s a good idea to speak with your health-care team first.

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