My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: South Carolina
Hello. I recently applied for Short Term Disability at my job. I was denied because I have Type 1 diabetes and on Insulin. I contacted the company and asked what I could do to get approved. They said they would take it to their underwriting team. I have offered to get my endocrinologist to send a letter stating that I was healthy with no major complications from diabetes. The letter has not been sent yet, but my MD is working on it and will send in the next couple of days.
I recently received a call from the local representative for this company saying that: I would be denied due to my diabetes and that it would be discriminating against the underwriters to approve my application. The local rep said I should be getting something in the mail/email stating this; I'm still waiting on formal documentation that I was denied.
I feel I am being discriminated against because I have type 1 diabetes that is controlled. I have been willing to work with the company and provide documentation of my health.
What rights do I have and can the short term disability company deny me simply because I have type 1 diabetes and on insulin?