>This was searched for nearly a month ago, and I haven’t written about it. This makes me feel guilty, because someone out there somewhere searched for it, which means it’s on their mind. Not that I think they’re going to find me again, but I can always hope that maybe they will.
08 Feb, Wed, 22:32:34
can i be fired because i am getting a guide dog
The short, and really only, answer is no. At least not in the U.S. or Canada. I’m not a world expert on guide dog laws, but I’m pretty damn sure there is no legal reason where they could fire you *for* having a guide dog. Even if you worked in a place where it is actually illegal to have a dog in your work area, like in a kitchen or somewhere with human tissues or something, what they have to do is make an accommodation where the dog isn’t in the room with you and the food or tissues or stuff like that while you’re working. They can’t *fire* you for the dog.
Don’t get me wrong, if they want you gone, they can find another reason to fire you, or if your guide dog actually causes problems, such as getting into food or being aggressive or something, that can give them cause to have to do something, whether it’s saying that your dog can’t come into the premises or something, but even then, could they fire you? I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer. But that would be pretty rare and highly unlikely. All I’m saying is for whatever reason, if they’re hell bent they don’t want the dog, it may not be an easy road. But I’m pretty sure there is no legal grounds to fire you for getting a guide dog.
But don’t take my word for it. If you feel you need to talk to someone about your rights and such, and you live in the U.S. I suggest you call the NAGDU hotline on guide dog access laws. Here’s my post about them. If you live in Canada, I’d call your provincial human rights commission and allow them to direct you. If you live somewhere else, smack me a comment and I’ll see what I can find. I like sniffing out new information.
Finally, I’d like to personally smack whoever planted that seed in the brain of the person who searched for that. I’d be willing to bet money that someone told them that, and then left them to worry and wonder. If you actually want to advise someone, at least do a little digging first, please.
Good luck to our anonymous searcher on their journey.