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How do federal laws require employers to treat employees with disabilities?

The laws require that employers try to reasonably accommodate people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation is defined as modification or adjustment of a job or employment practice in order to make it possible for a qualified person with a disability to be employed.

For people with diabetes, employers may have to allow workers to adjust their work schedule or take breaks to eat or check blood glucose so that they can manage their diabetes while on the job.

People with complications from diabetes might need other accommodations, such as a large-screen computer for those with retinopathy or the ability to sit on the job for those with painful neuropathy. The employer must make these accommodations available unless they create an undue burden because of cost or other factors.

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