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Migraines and Your Job

How to keep your career on track when you have migraines.

Know Your Rights

Migraines can be classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of a disability. Whether or not you classify depends upon the degree to which your condition limits your ability to do your job.

"It's worthwhile that you know your rights to begin with because many times employers do not know what your rights are," Reisinger says.

That's why talking with your company's Human Resources department can be an important way of protecting yourself if your condition gets in the way of your work. You can also do your own research at resources such as The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy offering guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

If your condition is serious, Reisinger suggests going through the formal chain of command to discuss your condition and how to best manage workplace issues sooner rather than later.

Reviewed on April 16, 2012

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