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Discrimination and Employment Law

People with Epilepsy can work in many different occupations, but this is sometimes limited due to safety or the ability to drive.

Employers may give reasons for not hiring a person with Epilepsy. These may be the likes of your safety and the safety of others, the company’s liabilities, concerns you won’t perform and your ability to deal with the public. Producing an income is important for many reasons, such as self-esteem and supporting yourself and a family. Many people with Epilepsy work and positions are initially open to people with the condition.

Overall, there is no difference in job performance and productivity between workers with Epilepsy and others. Studies have shown that behavior, productivity of employees with Epilepsy is as good as or better than others. Accident rates are lower!! This comes from a motivation to work hard and prove that they are worthy of the workplace.

Should they tell their employer?

That’s a difficult decision, really up to the person seeking employment. Will your Epilepsy have an effect on your employment? If your employer and work mates know about your Epilepsy, it is easily understood. If they do not want to hire you because of your Epilepsy, maybe they wouldn’t have been the best person to work for. Does your employment require a driver’s license, or is it just about getting to work each day.

There is always public transport, friends and work mates. So much with Epilepsy comes back to fear of the word EPILEPSY, or a general misunderstanding. 95% of the time things may be just fine. That depends on how severe your Epilepsy is and what type you have. But, if you have found an employer that can see past that small part of you, you’re on your way to employment. If you have the qualifications, skills, and experience your on your way. If you’re a hard worker with a good attitude, you are headed in the right direction.

An employer will generally ask about your health, so that is a good time to mention Epilepsy. Everyone is a health risk in some ways. Anyone could have a heart attack at any time. There is no warning of that, just like there is sometimes no warning of a seizure. But, everyone you are working with can know you have Epilepsy.