To tell or not to tell that is the big question when it comes to telling your boss or co workers about your health issues.
Yes, the laws protecting workers against being demoted, harassed or fired because of an illness are fairly far reaching, but that doesn’t mean your career won’t suffer if you choose to divulge your ailments. Employers, just like a lot of folks out there, can be ignorant, fearful, or just plain bigots when it comes to diseases and that can spell trouble for employees.
Discrimination claims by workers based on disabilities have been climbing steadily, hitting there highest level in more than a decade with 21,451 charges filed in 2009, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
That’s why I tend to be in the don’t-tell-your-boss-about-your-illness-unless-you-have-to camp.
Yesterday I got an email from CD from DC, a mid-career professional who did not want his name used, and he faced this very dilemma. “Wondered what is the right way to tell an employer that you have a disease that could be affecting your work? Not sure there is a right way but just wondered,” he wrote.
Turns out CD has Type 2 Diabetes and (more…)