The Challenges and Social Impact of Coeliac Disease in the Workplace
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Food is an integral part of organisational life; it is used as a morale booster, as a reward, to build team spirit, and as a conduit for networking. It is such a central aspect of work that for most, it is taken for granted. However, for employees who suffer from coeliac disease, the social, psychological and symbolic role of food can cause isolation and exclusion from organisational settings. Thus, they may be stigmatised and experience discriminatory practices which impact on their equal treatment and dignity within the workplace. This chapter explores the personal experiences of coeliac sufferers at work; the extent of discrimination they experience; and, what, if any, areas of good practice exist which assist the management of the condition.
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