I’m a PhD student and work part time. When I applied to my job I put on the form that I had a long term health condition. I’ve been as clear with my boss as possible about my condition (lupus and coeliac) and I’ve only had one sick day but done a lot of over time for them. My boss keeps making jokes about “employing healthy people” in the future or asking at interview if people have health conditions. He’s made jokes about “not getting any more illnesses, Josie!” And if anyone at work gets a cold he’ll look at me and say “do I employ anyone whose healthy?!”
I’m an academic, so I’m pretty thick skinned but I do find this demeaning and difficult especially as it can be in front of customers and always in front of other staff. I was as open as possible before I was employed by them so I don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong. I do resent being called “unhealthy” because my conditions are not a result of neglect or bad lifestyle choices. As I get older things have gotten worse and these losses of independence are crippling enough without someone reminding me of them every day at work.
Am I just being too sensitive?