My name is Tracy Kronowitt and I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 3 1/2 years old. I am now 46 1/2, brittle, and pretty careful in my care. I have no major complications from the disease except that I occasionally pass out from low blood sugars. This has been happening to me since I was first diagnosed and have worked with numerous doctors and research projects as well as therapies to try to overcome it. Nothing has worked 100% of the time.
The issue at any job I have had in the last 9 years, for the most part, has been the passing out. I seem to be "let go" soon afteer this occurs. I cannot prove it is the diabetes that causes me to lose jobs but I honestly feel I am a very good employee that tries hard and generally keeps a very positive attitude but it has not helped me much for quite some time now.
I need help in understanding what my rights are as a person with diabetes in the workplace. I know I am covered federally under the Americans with Disabilities Act but because Florida is a "Right to Work" state I keep being told that I have no rights and that employers can fire anyone for any reason at any time without any documentation. Is this true? And, if so, how do I fight back so that I can keep working? I really enjoy working and learning and interacting with people and, of course, trying to help people but it has been more than a difficult struggle and I really need help. Please advise or direct me. Thank you.