Does your employer make accommodations for your disability? - page 3

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The working world is a strange place. You work in a zillion crappy jobs for most of your life, and then, if you're very, very lucky, you find the right job. You go along for a year or two, thinking you've got it made, being glad... Read More


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    My employer does not know I have a herniated disc. They do not accomodate employees who bring any type of medical note requesting a modification to their job description. One of my coworkers lost her ability to perform her job after an MS diagnosis. She had to go on disability. Recently, a coworker, who had a baby brought a note with weight restrictions. She was not allowed to return to work until she could return without restrictions. They could allow for less hours, or lighter duty but they won't. I believe they fear any injury or problem occuring in the workplace and how this would effect their liability.
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    I have been a nurse at my job for 23 years, with a great work record. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and he recovered. The stress of that and being the caretaker caused me to go into depression and I got help. I was open with my manager and had been on a leave of absence within the last 2 years on and off. I have depression and am on medications that help, but some days are better than others. I have not been the same nurse as before. I had trouble with focusing with the responsibilities on the job that resulted in medication errors that were not serious, but errors all the same. My mangager suggested a leave of absence. I did not qualify because I work part time. She should have suggested that I go on disability, since my behaviour was not what it should have been. I was a great nurse and within the last 8 months, I started to not behave like my self. She knew that my LOA was denied because I told her. No options were given to me and I continued to work. I was terminated. It is difficult to try to look for work with a termination on your work record. It is hard to find work when you are an older nurse; you have the experience, but the employers only see the termination. The medical profession is supposed to be compassionate and mental illness is a disease. It is not recognized as a disease like other diseases, and this is so unfortunate. You would never let a nurse come to work with a broken leg or other disease processes. I am doing better and I have found a new job that has hired me, but it has been 3 months since I last worked. It has been a struggle, and to those of you that are struggling with this issue; hang in there and know that there are people willing to give you another chance.
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    Nurses with broken legs are almost always treated better than nurses with broken brains.

    That said, I'm grateful for the chance to redeem myself and try to salvage my job and career. I have to learn how to be a long-distance runner rather than a sprinter, which is what I've been for most of my life; it's hard to change now, this late in my career. Got to give it a shot, though, because I am in this thing for the long haul and if I can't manage this job, I'm essentially done as an RN.
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Feb 19, '13 : Reason: help, I'm talking and can't shut up!!
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    "Making reasonable workplace accommidations" as a manager in home care Central Intake office I've accommodated multiple staff over the years:

    Despite our office being relocated to another floor due to growth and no one mentioned work issues, I've fought for several staff (with doctors note) to have standing workstations -cost $350.00/each for change.

    Accommodate Light Duty RN's periodically to do RN referral review.
    I wish you had been my manager when I was in Central Intake!
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    I have bipolar disorder and had to disclose to my current employer due to a hospitalization (didn't know I was BP at the time, just thought it was MDD). My employer made it VERY hard to come back and since ai haven't been there a year, I'm not eligible for FMLA. I am also treated differently now, and I WORK in psych. Thank god I found another job, because my employers change in.attitude towards me has been very difficult to deal with. I'moutta there in 3 weeks, can't wait
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    ((((TerpGal)))) I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm glad you got another job...hopefully you won't have to disclose with your new employer, or if you do, that they'll be more understanding.

    I didn't have a choice either, when for some reason my brain decided to play a nasty little game and sent me into a hypo/manic episode that could've killed my career. (I write 'hypo/manic' because I've never been sure if that was a full-blown manic episode or just a really severe hypomanic episode.) I was having a great time, but things got so bad that my co-workers were worried about me and went to my boss. Needless to say, I had NO insight and had the nerve to be shocked when I was called in to discuss the issue.

    I promptly 'fessed up and he gave me several days off, with pay, to get the episode under control. I did, and that was the end of it until recently. Unfortunately, I've been doing a lot of rapid cycling and it's come back to bite me in the badonkadonk......which is how I came to start this thread.

    Hope things go well for you in this next position. Good luck!
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    I rapid cycle too, we are trying to get it under control. It seems that there is a large hormonal influence on my mood. But I KNOW that and take self care measures to avoid totally losing it. I am also fairly stable now (god I LOVE Lamictal) and it will hopefully get better. My hypomanias are not fun. I become oneirritable, agitated ***** on wheels that cannot sleep due to constant ruminations on how much my life sucks and how much everyone ****** me off. I lie awake at night with that until the Elavil and klonopin kick in, althought again, MUCH better than before.
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    Well, who knew......."reasonable accommodations" can be a GOOD thing, no matter how or why one arrives at this point.

    I'm just about to complete the third week of my new schedule, and I have to say it rocks!! I don't mind the 10-hour days one bit; I get a lot more done when I'm not worried about having enough time to do it, and now I'm out of the office and seeing the residents more often. What a concept. And that extra day off........now I actually feel like DOING something, like going out to a movie or shopping instead of sprawling on the sofa every Saturday morning and arising only to attend church on Sunday and then spend the rest of the day preparing for the next week of work.

    But the proof was in the pudding today when I was discussing this with my head doc, who notices everything and is my number-one cheerleader (outside family, of course). He saw right away that my affect was much brighter and I looked far more relaxed than I had at my February appointment, and I told him about the schedule change. Naturally, he said the same thing everybody else has---that at the end of the day, HOW I got the help didn't matter, only that I got it and am doing better because of it.

    And so it goes.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Well, who knew......."reasonable accommodations" can be a GOOD thing, no matter how or why one arrives at this point.

    And so it goes.
    I am so happy for you!!!!! My experience has been vastly different...but my disability physical! ((HUGS))
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    I have broken body and broken brain! I had a great employer who tried to accomodate me, but my issues continued to persist. I am ordered to quit work by my health and my doctor. I am afraid for the future as my husband does not make enough. If you can keep job with accomodation that is great. I hope it works out well for you and you can continue working as long as YOU WANT to.
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