If your boss refuses to grant accommodations, are you willing to take your company to court? Those who have pursued this course, whether they won or lost, will tell you that litigation is expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally taxing. Before making a decision, seek advice and counsel from legal experts, and talk with someone who has gone through litigation. Most employees with ADHD would prefer to resign and look for another job rather than litigate with an intractable management.
I believe that no one should disclose his ADHD diagnosis unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. I'm lucky—in my line of work, I know that I won't be treated unfairly or discriminated against because of my ADD. If anything, it's an asset.
ADHD is still not widely understood or accepted in and outside of the workplace. But if we accept ourselves for who we are, we've got a good chance of being happy, no matter what challenges we face.
This article comes from the Summer 2009 issue of ADDitude.
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