Thursday, March 16, 2017

'I no longer need to hide my disability from the boss' - THE AGE

by Anna Patty
Originally published: March 16, 2017

As a housekeeper, Teremoana Tangata hid her disability from her boss to protect her job.

Since starting a new job at a major bank in Sydney five months ago, there has been no need to keep the secret.

Her new boss who looks after catering services knows all about the serious arthritis in her knees. And he tells her to rest if she gets too tired.

"If it's a tough day, they say Teri sit down and have a little break," she said.

"When I'm at work I don't have to hide my disability, I can be myself.

"I was hiding it from my last boss because I didn't want to lose my job."