New York workers who suffer from diabetes are likely to need to take a bit of time each day, sometimes multiple times a day, to check on and maintain their sugar level. This can potentially mean that they need their employer to make accommodations so that they are able to take care of their condition. In many cases, employers will have no problems allowing people a few minutes here and there to address these issues.
However, there are also instances where organizations will not only refuse to make basic accommodations but they will also discriminate against these individuals. Discrimination can take the form of not promoting people, failing to give individuals raises or even terminating employees due to having a medical condition. However, these types of actions were made illegal in 1990 with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This federal law states that covered employees must be granted reasonable accommodations to allow them to do their jobs. It is important to note that it is up to the employee to ask for these accommodations; people should not assume that their employer is aware of their condition or that their job is designed to take into account their needs.
There are a variety of legal protections that people have from discrimination, including preventing employers from being able to discriminate based on someone's age, gender or religious beliefs. Employers are also not allowed to retaliate against an employee for reporting problems. Employees whose rights are being abridged by their employer may want to speak with an employment law attorney to determine the legal recourse that may be available.