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IRS Loses Diabetes Job Discrimination Suit

December 19, 2005

Diabetes advocacy attorney (and former dLifeTV guest) John Griffin is back in the news again. Griffin represented Gary Branham in a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had denied Branham a promotion due to his type 1 diabetes, and a federal court has now ruled in his favor, awarding him $78,000 in back pay.

Source dLifeToday


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General civil rights resources

CDC Diabetes Factsheets.  web:

Employer Healthcare Alliance Cooperative.  Tools to assist:  Assessment tools for employers (of employees with diabetes)

Job Accommodation Network: “Volume 02, Issue 04:  How to Determine Whether a Person Has a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);” Linda Carter Batiste, J.D.  Web page viewed on 01/01/07. 

Job Accommodation Network.  “Ideas for writing an accommodation request letter;” Linda Carter Batiste, J.D.; 11/06/2006.  web:

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP):  What is the Legal Definition of a Disability?”    web:

U.S. Department of Labor.  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) information.
web:  Employees with diabetes may be entitled to leave under the FMLA, which provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition. For more information, visit on the web:

U.S. Equal Employment  Opportunity Commission.  For more information on the Supreme Court rulings and their impact on determining whether specific individuals meet the definition of "disability," consult the Instructions for Field Offices: Analyzing ADA Charges After Supreme Court Decisions Addressing "Disability" and "Qualified," which can be found on EEOC's website at

Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

ADA Information Line
(800) 514-0301 (voice)   (800) 514-0383 (TTY)

Regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers
 (800) 949-4232 (voice/TTY)  web:

U.S. Department of Justice - “A Guide to Disability Rights” web:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  web at:

American Diabetes Association - A nonprofit organization that actively advocates for diabetes rights in schools and the workplace.


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