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Anonymous
Hi Team,
Can company terminate me?
Hi, I am 22 years old. I have joined new finance company 2 days back. I attended 1st day in the company. While returning home, I had an epilepsy attack and I fell down on the road. When I woke up, I was surrounded by people and police officers. Police officers helped me a lot after the incident. They gave me lift till my home from their Van. When I got myself in home, I told my brother to inform all the incident to my boss. He had texted all the details through his cellphone. I was hospitalized after the night. And now I am taking medicine. Doctor advise me to get MRI, ECG and other reports. My concern is, if I tell all the incident to HR, can he/she will cancel the appointment letter?
I never had frequently epilepsy. It was 2nd time. I had it before 6 years. In a span of next 6 months, I never had such problem. I thought it is completely okay and sadly, it had happened.

If I show all the medical reports to the HR, and if the situation is bad. Can He/she will terminate me?
It happened on the first day. Before that I did night shift, but I never had such problem.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Member,
Was there a mandatory medical checkup done before they offered the appointment letter ? I see no reason why you need to share this. Epilepsy , unlike other health conditions such as Blood pressure or Diabetics , isn't time bound. There are no guarantee that you will have an attack anytime soon. Its again not a disorder such as a Kidney failure which will need a huge amount of medical support and expense. Hence there is no need to share anything about it, unless they are sending you onsite to other countries.
Please take care of your health. Wish you all the best !

From India, Mumbai
Anonymous
Thank you (Cite Contribution)1979, I appropriate your response. Thank you for guiding me. There was no medical checkup done before they offered the appointment letter.
From India, Mumbai
Need not be scared. Through international covenants, it was held by the Madras High Court in Mr.Y v Union of India on 4.1.2011 that there cannot be discrimination in public employment unless the disease is so contagious or unemployable. Moreover, in Sheik vs Union of India, the Armed forces tribunal declined disability pension merely on ground of hysterical reaction because the medical board had found him clinically and psychologically fit. Even under Hindu Marriage Act the ground of divorce due to epilepsy has been deleted. If the situation arises, your advocate will advice you accordingly.
Thanks
Sushil

From India, New Delhi
Thankyou Sushil for sharing the legal information on Health concerns and disorders.
I attended a medical seminar a very long time back at National Metallurgical Laboratories,Jamshedpur,. There , the doctors had mentioned epilepsy is a condition and not a disease . Cant recall the medical research mentioned during that discussion . However, here are few references :
EFWP
URMC Rochester
Epilepsy is not a Desease

From India, Mumbai
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