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Posted by Todd ( on December 27, 1999 at 09:48:05:

In Reply to: American Disabilities Act (ADA), Capsaicin (LONG) posted by John R on December 27, 1999 at 09:29:38:

John is correct...only companies with 50 or more employees are currently covered by ADA (although there is some movement in DC to expand this).
There is a 'catch', however. If during one of your absences the company were to 're-organize' and eliminate your position, you're out of luck. Same loophole exists in the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). Women who have left to give birth have returned to find that they were 'phased out'.
I'm with hub on this one...I've been 'lucky' but also think it has a lot to do with being open and honest. When I went into cycle 2 months after starting a new job, I explained clusters to my associates and my manager.
I didn't hold anything back, but also explained that they aren't life threatening [except to those who tell me to take 2 aspirin during an attack :-)]. We worked out an arrangement where I'd stay late to make up for the times the 615 am attacks made me late getting in. My associates agreed to cover anything critical that came up when I got the 1030 am visits. I repay them by covering when they have some important personal stuff to do during the workday.

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