Posted by olysi79 on December 4, 2004, at 12:18:07 [reposted on December 4, 2004, at 12:29:05 | original URL]
In reply to Employers and BP, posted by prodgirl on December 4, 2004, at 0:16:35
Hi, I have anxiety disorders and BP II. I've been pretty upfront with my employer as they've seen my issues firsthand when I went through a mixed episode. I haven't gotten the sense that they doubt my abilities or anything. I haven't pushed for any type of special accomadations but if push came to shove, perhaps I would. My overall experience has been one of support, but I work for a fortune 500 corporation with strict policies in place to accomadate those with both mental and physical disabilties. Hoep this answers your question at least a bit.
> How far have you been able to push your employer with your BP dx? What is the real legal limit in the US? Is HR obligated to keep their mouth shut about my disease?
> I have been self employed for 7 years, so I come and go as I please. If I am lucky, I will be hired FT with a company 50 mi away from me in OC (which might be equivilent to 1:30 drive each way). I want to stay with my pdoc here in LA and start new therapy here as well (depending on my insurance). Can I tell HR that I am telecommuting 1x wk b'c of the distance and my pdoc/therapist appt? This position is 50% travel as a regional manager, so I will already be working out of the office alot.
> I have NO clue about a real environment at a work place. I had only one FT job, right out of college and it wasn't very "official" in terms of things like this.
> Any advise will be truly appreciated. Shouldn't stress before I get the job, but I really need the benefits. I just hope my meds work and I will be able to keep a "real" job!