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Re: [IP] Another job denial (kinda long)
In a message dated 01/08/2000 11:21:39 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< 29 years ago I was DENIED a job at UPS as a truck LOADER due to the fact
that I was diabetic (and still am ). I really have no documented proof of
this , but does anyone think I have grounds for a LAWSUIT ? >>
Probably not, but here's my story to add to the list.
10 years ago I was told by TRW that I had been hired, after an extensive
interview process. I was by far the most qualified for the position and the
manager and I got along great. I made the mistake of telling him I was
juvinile diabetic, but was under excellent control and had not missed any
days of work, etc. with prior employer. He verified all this and got high
recommendations. The job involved solely computer work at a desk. I was sent
for the mandatory drug test to a raunchy urgent care in a bad part of town.
The Dr there already knew I was diabetic (who told him???) and did a dip
stick for sugar in my urine. It was two hours after lunch and I was on MDI
and the strip changed color, about to 180. My next appt there was with
personnel to fill out employment forms. Only the lady sat me down and said
the were WITHDRAWING THE OFFER BECAUSE I WAS DIABETIC! I was flabbergasted.
I wanted to know WHY???? She gave me a song and dance about how if I had an
insulin reaction on the job it was a safety issue for those around me.
Anyways, I had no money for lawyers, and called the State Labor Board here in
AZ. According to them, I could sue and they would do it if I remained
unemployed until the case was settled and then I could only receive back
wages and TRW would have to give me a similar position. I needed to eat (and
buy syringes, and test strips) so I took the next position available, luckily
for me it turned out to be a much better situation and higher pay anyway.
Moral to this story. I would never tell an employer during the interview
about my diabetes.
Who is now happily self-employed
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