My MS is just starting to affect my work. I can still do most of my job, but I’m worried about falling behind. How can I keep my job but better accommodate my MS?
What are my legal rights? What can I ask for from my employer?
Your basic right in the workplace is to be free from discrimination based on ability. This means equal treatment in hiring, firing, promotions and benefits, and sometimes, the use of accommodations. Most employers are required to make reasonable accommodations (ones that are realistic, financially and in the scope of the job) for employees with disabilities. Learn more about your rights
What kind of accommodations helps people with MS?
An accommodation can be as simple as shifting a schedule to avoid morning fatigue, or as advanced as obtaining assistive technology for your computer that types as you talk. Search by symptom for common accommodations for people with MS
What do I do if I’ve tried accommodation and talking to my employer, but they won’t hold up their end of the deal?
If you think that your employer may not be following the rules or feel that your rights are being violated, you should consult with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They can tell you whether your situation might violate the law, help you understand the process to file a charge of discrimination, and investigate charges against employers who are accused of discrimination. Calling them will NOT automatically begin action against an employer, but it will give you the info you need to make informed decisions about what to do next!
Not sure where to start? Need more information or help with what’s next?
Call 800-344-4867 (800-FIGHT-MS) and speak to an MS Navigator.
Ask them about employment consultation.
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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to assist you in researching information about employment-related issues. Our comments are based on professional advice, published information, and expert opinion, but do not represent legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a qualified attorney.