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Epileptics Face Exclusion and Discrimination at Workplace

by Savitha C Muppala on March 19, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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 Epileptics Face Exclusion and Discrimination at Workplace

A new research by eminent professionals in Australia has pointed to the extent of discrimination faced by those suffering from the brain disorder, epilepsy.

Nearly 50% of epileptics not only have to manage their condition, but need to struggle with unnecessary discrimination at the workplace, which could adversely affect the person's emotional well being. Stress can elevate the symptoms of epilepsy and also trigger other mental health problems.

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"Most concerning is that despite Australian anti-discrimination laws, the level of unfair treatment within the workplace reported by our survey respondents indicates additional mechanisms are required to uphold a code of acceptable conduct."

Most victims felt discriminated, some of them were excluded assaulted, bullied and teased in community and workplace settings.

Australia is all set to begin an initiative to create more awareness about the disorder and the associated stigma and discrimination against victims in a bid to inculcate fairness in treating victims.



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