Resources for Workers
Many job issues can be resolved by communicating with others at your workplace. For those that can’t, one or more of these resources may help.
ADA INFORMATION LINE
(800) 514-0301 (Voice)
(800) 514-0383 (TDD)
The US Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line. This service permits businesses, state and local governments, and others to call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements, request free ADA materials, and get information about filing a complaint. ADA specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM (eastern time) except on Thursday, when the hours are 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Spanish language service is also available.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
(800) DIABETES (342-2383)
Click on “Advocate,” then “Know Your Rights” to access information on recognizing discrimination and getting help. You can also call to request an information packet and a form to request help from one of the American Diabetes Association’s legal advocates.
A GUIDE TO DISABILITY RIGHTS LAWS
A 21-page booklet that provides a brief overview of ten Federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities and provides information about the federal agencies to contact for more information. Spanish, Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese editions are available from the ADA Information Line.
US EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
(800) 669-4000 (Voice)
(800) 669-6820 (TTY)
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. The EEOC Web site has information about employee rights, including information specifically for people with diabetes, at www.eeoc.gov/facts/diabetes.html, and about how to file a charge of employment discrimination.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
(800) 321-OSHA (6742) (Voice)
(877) 889-5627 (TTY)
OSHA sets and enforces standards for safe and healthful working conditions and provides training, outreach, education, and assistance. Click on “Workers” to learn about your rights.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
(800) 232-4636 (Voice)
(888) 232-6348 (TTY)
NIOSH advances workplace health and safety by conducting research and sharing new knowledge, including through its Web site.
DIABETES AT WORK
This Web site, developed by the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health, provides information for employers, onsite health providers, and diabetes educators on implementing employee wellness programs that are specific to diabetes. It also has some fact sheets aimed at people with or at risk of developing diabetes.
NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION
Shift Work and Sleep
This article on the Web page of the National Sleep Foundation offers tips on coping with shift work.
NATIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM
This Web site provides free information on a variety of diabetes-related topics with the goal of helping to prevent and control diabetes.
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