Norfolk, VA asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Virginia

Q: I was diagnosed with aortic aneurysm. Not big enough for surgery yet. Can Still work. Do I have to tell employer?

Aneurysm is in "wait and watch" mode. Was told can still work but shouldn't lift over 40 lbs and keep calm and watch blood pressure. Can employer fire me for this? Do they need to know?

1 Lawyer Answer
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH

A: Whether you are still capable of working is a question for your medical providers. It sounds like your medical provider released you to return to work with restrictions. If your job duties require you to lift more than 40 pounds or elevate your blood pressure, then you should inform your employer of your medical condition and request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should contact an employment lawyer in your area to discuss the details of your situation and your options moving forward.

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