If you have been terminated from a job because of diabetes—or even if you suspect but aren’t sure that the reason was because of diabetes—it’s important to understand your rights and the legal processes available to you to address the discrimination. 

Step One

First, take a deep breath and allow yourself a few days to digest this change. You can also learn about diabetes discrimination by reviewing the information and materials on our website.

Step Two

Second, contact your state’s unemployment office and sign up to receive unemployment benefits. Understand the unemployment benefits available to you in your state and what you need to do to receive them. 

Step Three

Finally, know that you are not alone in this experience. Others have faced the same or similar situation and have prevailed against discrimination. 

To read the Association’s clinical practice recommendation on employment of people with diabetes, see the position statement Diabetes and Employment.