Erin there was an instance 20 or so years ago where I was out of work, and attempted to apply for a job as a printer's apprentice through the unemployment office. The woman at the desk took one look at me and my small frame, and stated that they were looking for a man to fill this position, as it required heavy lifting. I should have sued her ***, for later that day I ended up applying for welfare. In order to receive state aid, I was sent to work as a volunteer at the local university, in their print shop. Position? Printer's apprentice. The job included calibrating machinery, book-binding, heavy lifting ... and I loved it. Working with those machines was the best job I ever had.
Within the past few months I was discriminated against because of my RA. I've lived in my current home for 15 years and absolutely love it, but it's getting difficult to care for, and the stairs just kill me. I found a more modern home with no stairs and a more streamlined layout, with a yard that would be accessible to me. The woman who owns that place is a nurse at the inpatient physical therapy department at the local hospital, so she is all too well aware of what my disease involves. She allowed me to think I was getting this home, but upon further inquiry wouldn't even return my phone calls.
I've been told not to let people know I have RA, but just as my being female is rather obvious to those with eyes, RA is an in-your-face kind of disease, and it is apparent from the first look that something is wrong with me.
I never should have allowed the people in the above situations to get away with what they had done, but in neither case did I have any proof of discrimination.