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Complaint Review: ST. Clair County Commission

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  • Submitted: Tue, July 01, 2003
  • Updated: Fri, July 04, 2003

  • Reported By:Gadsden Alabama
ST. Clair County Commission
Courthouse Square Ashville, Alabama U.S.A.
  • Phone: 205-594-5020
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  • Category: Employers

ST. Clair County Commission ripoff political corruption be aware of the need for the all entities to comply with EEOC and Americans With Disabilites guidelines . Ashville Alabama

*Consumer Comment: The government has little sympathy for epileptics

*Consumer Comment: The government has little sympathy for epileptics

*Consumer Comment: The government has little sympathy for epileptics

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I was a loyal employee of a Sheriffs Dept as a 911 oprerator/trainer/supervisor(at one Point)in Alabama for almost 10 years. The ten year mark would have vested me in my retirement. I always worked the schedule posted..including rotating shifts, holidays, week-ends, split off days, etc. I became sick in August of 2002 and used all of the family medical leave allowed to me. When I requested an extension of that leave for seizure medication regulation. It was denied.

The year previous to my request they had extended a leave and paid for health insurance for a fellow employee in the same dept, doing the same job but at not as high a payscale as mine for 12 MONTHES for seizure related medical leave under the ADA guidelines.

I was terminated and my insurance cancelled. I was not notified of this until after an in-house appeal process time-frame had passed despite my many attempts to contact them and get an answer. I have filed a greivance with the EEOC but putting it here may make someone more aware of the need for the all entities to comply with EEOC and Americans With Disabilites guidelines .

If we post complaints like this more people will see them, read them and put pressure on the lawmakers to enforce these rules and regulations and not get away with the blatent disregard for federal laws and regulations.

Pam
Gadsden, Alabama
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

The government has little sympathy for epileptics

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

While there are certainly some dubious circumstances here, such as the approaching entitlement eligibility, it is my impression that you are a victim of our government's inadequate addressal of epilepsy.

Epilepsy can be an extremely debilitating disorder, and (as in your case) can often be extremely difficult to manage.

Per government assistance and protection, however, epileptics are left out in the cold. Both the FMLA and the ADA contain "reasonable accomodation" clauses that expemt companies from having to make modifications that will impose upon them an undue hardship. As epilepsy is unpredictable, renders its victims temporarily unconscious, and sometimes involves violent muscle spasms, most companies can easily show that accomodating epileptic employees would place an "undue hardship" on them.

This is unfortunate, but reasonable. The possible expenses of employing an epileptic, including liability issues, could be an enormous expense for a business. The unreasonable part is that, evn though they have a medical condition that prevents employment, epileptics are generally denied disablity benefits. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind this. Most employers, and the courts, view epilepsy as a disabilty severe enough that it is not covered by the ADA. The legislature, however, has failed to recognize epilepsy as a disorder warranting benefits.

You may want to speak with a lawyer regarding your particular circumstances. My personal experiences (my wife and a good friend are both epileptic), however, have shown me that epeileptics are caught between a rock and a hard place. Best of luck to you, and I hope that you find success in managing your siezures.

P.S. I urge you, and any others who may see the injustice here, to write to your federal legislators (you can find their addresses toward the front of most phone books) and demand (politely) that they address this issue.
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#2 Consumer Comment

The government has little sympathy for epileptics

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

While there are certainly some dubious circumstances here, such as the approaching entitlement eligibility, it is my impression that you are a victim of our government's inadequate addressal of epilepsy.

Epilepsy can be an extremely debilitating disorder, and (as in your case) can often be extremely difficult to manage.

Per government assistance and protection, however, epileptics are left out in the cold. Both the FMLA and the ADA contain "reasonable accomodation" clauses that expemt companies from having to make modifications that will impose upon them an undue hardship. As epilepsy is unpredictable, renders its victims temporarily unconscious, and sometimes involves violent muscle spasms, most companies can easily show that accomodating epileptic employees would place an "undue hardship" on them.

This is unfortunate, but reasonable. The possible expenses of employing an epileptic, including liability issues, could be an enormous expense for a business. The unreasonable part is that, evn though they have a medical condition that prevents employment, epileptics are generally denied disablity benefits. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind this. Most employers, and the courts, view epilepsy as a disabilty severe enough that it is not covered by the ADA. The legislature, however, has failed to recognize epilepsy as a disorder warranting benefits.

You may want to speak with a lawyer regarding your particular circumstances. My personal experiences (my wife and a good friend are both epileptic), however, have shown me that epeileptics are caught between a rock and a hard place. Best of luck to you, and I hope that you find success in managing your siezures.

P.S. I urge you, and any others who may see the injustice here, to write to your federal legislators (you can find their addresses toward the front of most phone books) and demand (politely) that they address this issue.
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#3 Consumer Comment

The government has little sympathy for epileptics

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

While there are certainly some dubious circumstances here, such as the approaching entitlement eligibility, it is my impression that you are a victim of our government's inadequate addressal of epilepsy.

Epilepsy can be an extremely debilitating disorder, and (as in your case) can often be extremely difficult to manage.

Per government assistance and protection, however, epileptics are left out in the cold. Both the FMLA and the ADA contain "reasonable accomodation" clauses that expemt companies from having to make modifications that will impose upon them an undue hardship. As epilepsy is unpredictable, renders its victims temporarily unconscious, and sometimes involves violent muscle spasms, most companies can easily show that accomodating epileptic employees would place an "undue hardship" on them.

This is unfortunate, but reasonable. The possible expenses of employing an epileptic, including liability issues, could be an enormous expense for a business. The unreasonable part is that, evn though they have a medical condition that prevents employment, epileptics are generally denied disablity benefits. I'm not sure of the reasoning behind this. Most employers, and the courts, view epilepsy as a disabilty severe enough that it is not covered by the ADA. The legislature, however, has failed to recognize epilepsy as a disorder warranting benefits.

You may want to speak with a lawyer regarding your particular circumstances. My personal experiences (my wife and a good friend are both epileptic), however, have shown me that epeileptics are caught between a rock and a hard place. Best of luck to you, and I hope that you find success in managing your siezures.

P.S. I urge you, and any others who may see the injustice here, to write to your federal legislators (you can find their addresses toward the front of most phone books) and demand (politely) that they address this issue.
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