Employment Discrimination

Do you have questions about your rights during the COVID-19 pandemic? We're here to help. Visit the American Diabetes Association’s Know Your Rights during COVID-19 page for more information.

People with diabetes sometimes face discrimination in the workplace. Learn more about what constitutes workplace discrimination, what rights you have and how to take action to stop discrimination. View the Your Job and Your Rights fact sheetEn Español.

View the Diabetes Technology Accommodations in the Workplace factsheet.

The American Diabetes Association has a four-step approach to ending discrimination: educate, negotiate, litigate, legislate. In the employment setting, educating your employer about your diabetes can be a particularly useful way to meet your diabetes care needs at work.

Termination or adverse action

If I have been fired, demoted or suspended and think it’s because of my diabetes—what can I do? What if I am concerned I may face one of these types of action?

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Safety issues

What does "direct threat" mean? Can I be fired for having hypoglycemia on the job? 

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Reasonable accommodations

What are reasonable accommodations? What accommodations do people with diabetes need? 

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Commercial driver’s licenses (CDL)

Are there special rules that apply to commercial drivers with diabetes? What do I need to know in order to get my CDL?

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Resources for employers

Learn ways to accommodate your employees with diabetes and find resources to help you understand and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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