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Severe Allergies At Work, Forced To Take Lower Paying Job

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posted on May, 21 2013 @ 04:59 PM
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Oh,i put this in the social issues because i didnt really know if this was a political issue or social issue and i didnt see a law section.

So i work with a lot of chemicals and i have been going through a major staph infection that became systemic. I have been to several doctors appointments and the doctor wrote me a recommendation for work requesting i take on a different job. The general manager said that the only job is a 9$ hr job working in the warehouse. I make 13$ and hour with full benefits and i have a trade skill job. Im good at my job. I found out that allergies are ruled to be apart of the Disabilities act and they are to give me reasonable accommodation. So What do i do? Anyone have any advice? Should to try to collect unemployment until i find a new job? Should i have them pay my medical bills?

USAToday


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa residents who suffer from occasional medical attacks such as those those from severe allergies and epilepsy are protected from discrimination by the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The case involved Shannon Knudsen, 30, a mother who in May 2011 sued Tiger Tots Community Child Care Center in Madrid, Iowa, after the facility declined to accept her child because of the child's tree nut allergy.


Case precedence?

So im not sure whats going on and thanks for anyone with advice and extra information in advance.

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posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:09 PM
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You seem to have left out a few things that are very important.

What does your allergy and your job have to do with each other?



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:12 PM
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I work with chemicals on a printing press and im having a reaction to the chemicals.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:19 PM
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how long have you been there?, has your the company ever gave you any hassle? sounds like they are willing to keep you on even with allergies, so i i think they are willing to work with you, is it possible to stay on there while you look for another job? you probaly will make more money than unemployment.

ETA what i'm trying to say, are you loyal to this company and are they good to you? can you work something out untill something better comes along.




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posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:22 PM
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Thats true. I do a really good job. Not to toot my own horn so they are willing to work with me. If it comes down to it i would rather look for another job because i have a lot of experience.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:25 PM
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An allergy should not be considered a disability.
If avoiding the allergen clears you up, find a job that doesn't put you around the allergen.
There are certainly other jobs available.....when you are disabled from working at all, doing any job, THAT is when you apply.
Anything less is just working the system, and makes you a leech to society.
Just my opinion, sure, but probably shared by many others.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:25 PM
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I would always encourage work rather than disability, personally.

I'm also sure you've exhausted all possible ways for you to work in your current position.

Have you looked for any other jobs?



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:25 PM
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What proof do you have?

What does your staph infection have to do with an allergy?



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:26 PM
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No thats pretty much my last step. I have exhausted all means trust me.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:26 PM
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I used to run a printing press.
The chemicals used to clean the blanket are harsh.

Why can't they switch chemicals to something you wont' react to.

www.nytimes.com...

They need to accommodate you.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:27 PM
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The allergy cracked my skin and caused bleeding which resulted in the staph infection. I have proof. I have been to about 6-7 appointments, the last 3 with a dermatologist.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:28 PM
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The problem is that we use a wide range of chemicals that are made of more chemicals once broken down and that requires months of testing and isolating exactly whats causing the reaction.
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posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:43 PM
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This sounds like a work related injury and a job for Workman's Comp. I believe, under WC they have to pay you at least 85% of your regular pay. 85% of $13 is $11.05. Has your employer created a claim for you? Maybe you should see a WC lawyer.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:46 PM
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That makes sense. A workman's comp may be the OP's best bet.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:48 PM
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Have they provided gloves and a mask to you? Is that something you can consider? If the ink causes allergies, I would think wearing gloves would eliminate the exposure.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:48 PM
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Im going to have to look into that.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 05:49 PM
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I tried that to, i ran into another issue but that stems from the original issue. I put the gloves on when my hands were reacting and thats when i got the staph infection. I had a fungal infection grow and go systemic which became a systemic staph infection because of the condition of my hands and skin. To much sweat at the press, its hot.



posted on May, 21 2013 @ 06:07 PM
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Im really not trying to be a leech ill probably have another job paying the same money in a week but for that week im not financially able to cover all of my cost of living like that thats the real problem.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 08:35 AM
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Sounds like a case of workmans comp to me.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:14 PM
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"I work with chemicals on a printing press and im having a reaction to the chemicals."

That says a lot. They have to provide a safe enviroment for you and reasonable accomodation to your health issues...without them changing the machinery, methods and organization...just for you and your allergies. That could cost them lots of $$$. So, this sounds as though you cannot do your job sufficiently without risk to your health due to recently developed medical condition....and thats on you, not them. Not their fault.

Given all this....I'd suggest taking whichever pays you more...the $9 and something...or the 80% of your old pay + benefits you used to get on perm-temp disability.

Agreed...its not hopeful...and no matter what...it sounds like both will make all your benefits go away....unless you just deal with your allergies at the old pay and benefits.

Good health and luck to you....



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