Empower yourself by understanding your rights as an employee with kidney disease. Whether you need to take a leave of absence or to adjust your workspace, take steps to learn about your rights and how to exercise them.
If you ever feel like you can’t keep working, think about taking time off. A leave of absence can be very helpful if you need to start dialysis or when you just don’t feel well. Give yourself peace of mind and figure out how to take a leave of absence. Hopefully you will never need it, but you will be glad you made a plan if you do. Look into your company’s sick leave policy and disability insurance and eligibilty under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
People on dialysis have rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your employer may be able to make accommodations that help you stay employed.
Filing a complaint: If you feel your employee rights have been violated or you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint with your state’s workforce commission or with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a physician.
Please check with a physician if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. If you are experiencing urgent medical conditions, call 9-1-1