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  • Disclosing Your MG When Applying for Jobs

    Posted by BioNews Staff on October 19, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    When I started applying for work from home jobs last year, I noticed many of the job applications ended with a disability form. The form asked if the job applicant wanted to voluntarily disclose their disability status.

    Companies who work with/have contracts with the U.S. federal government ask this question because they must employ a certain percentage of disabled or formerly disabled workers per their agreement with the government.

    Would you feel comfortable telling a potential employee your disability status? Why or why not? Have you come across this question when searching for jobs?

    Thomas Lee Clark replied 2 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Kevin Hillock

    October 21, 2021 at 4:01 am

    I developed MG while working for a large Health Insurance company as a contract-to-hire. I did not tell them of my diagnosis but my manager became aware of it when I was giving a demo of the application tool I was developing. While talking, I started to slur and after explaining my slurring was not due to alcohol she informed my that I could not be offered a permanent position.  This was reinforced by the Director of the group I was in later that day. The next day they back tracked and said that they meant to say the position I was to fill had been pulled back to accommodate the new VP’s hire. They later said the position was still there but, unlike contract-to-hires in my group, I would have to interview for the position. I was never called to interview but kept getting calls from a new developer to help with my application. So for this company any mention of MG would never get you an interview. To be honest, currently I would not be able to perform at an acceptable level due to the severity of my symptoms, mainly double vision.

  • Ronald E. Clever

    October 21, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    i am worried about this very thing at the moment.  My boss has been very unreasonable about my health.  I don’t think he believes I am having the problem I do, especially with fatigue.  He as caught me falling asleep at work and one more infraction and he say he will have no choice but to fire me.  I am in a union and have reported this to them and we have a meeting with my boss the beginning of next week.  I hope this can be resolved.  I am so stressed over this situation that I can’t sleep and that makes the problem worse.  In addition I travel 90 mins each way for work and with double vision that is no picnic.  I am looking into filing for disability but not sure I would qualify.  Is there a resource through here that could give me advice on this or should I just get a lawyer?  Any advice is welcome.

    • Kevin Hillock

      October 21, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      I filed for Social Security Disability (SSD) and after 1.5 years I was successful. I used a law firm that specialized in this process.  The dollar amount difference between regular and SSD payments is not a whole lot. But you do qualify for Medicare. I would be willing to talk directly to you by phone but I am not sure if including my phone number here would be an MG site issue.

  • Thomas Lee Clark

    October 23, 2021 at 4:06 am

    <b>The onset of my MG was while I was active at work with some other issues with my blood and cancer scare. The company doctor who I only saw from a scheduled hearing test asked me how long I had MG? She knew me from other acquaintance and she spotted the problem. The optho and GP did not know and I was given a test for brain tumor and went to Neuro at the university. Not one time was my employment in jeopardy. My GP wrote my supervision that I could come back to work if I could to keep my feet elevated. Each of us in that office were “specialists” we knew our jobs, we could run a bluff and we would loan out to other departments to help.  I got a new boss and she later told me when she first saw me with my feet propped that she was going to work on that problem.  She figured, as she told me, she could not do my job nor the other odd-balls that was in her group so she just let us do the work. I somewhat knew my limits and there was always someone around to help me. I was giving a presentation and my mind went blank. That was when I was heavy on steroids and whatever else. I was also much larger in frame at 6-3″ 260# weak as cat but still nobody called my bluff. After my thymo op I retired and went into other work. Most maladies are now age related. My mind goes blank quite often but my wife says I am a handsome old man. My Doc tells me each monthly visit, no flu shot and no jab. “Don’t let-um skate ya off the pond!”</b>

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