From the New York Times, a discussion among people with chronic illness about how much information to give their employers about their medical condition. Richard M. Cohen, author of “Strong at the Broken Places,” says he didn’t tell his employer about his multiple sclerosis because he was afraid he would be considered unemployable.
Others disclose their diagnoses right away. Gayle Backstrom, author of “I’d Rather Be Working,” advises people to keep their conditions to themselves as long as possible, just to be on the safe side.
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from dismissing or failing to hire a chronically-ill employee on the basis of that disability “if they are able to do the job with reasonable accommodation,” Backstrom said. But in many cases, “reasonable” and “able” and even “job” all become open to interpretation.