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Diabetes may be serious, but isn’t always a disability

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Employees who have diabetes and take insulin may claim to be disabled. And employers frequently make accommodations to help diabetic employees control their conditions.

That doesn’t mean, however, that every diabetic will be able to show he’s disabled under the ADA.

Recent case: Vincent Palmer, who worked for Albertsons grocery stores, has diabetes. He controls his blood sugar with insulin injections and can do anything other people his age can do—including engaging in sports, jogging and lifting weights.

Palmer was fired when he refused to attend a mandatory meeting. He claimed he was fired because of his disability and sued.

But the court said there was no evidence Palmer was disabled since he could easily perform a wide range of essential life functions despite insulin injections. It dismissed his case. (Palmer v. Albertsons, No. 4:09-CV-00137, ND FL, 2010)


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