I think I need to vent more than anything. I work in a male-dominated environment, and that has never been a problem. That said, my Manager is female and I have one other female colleague. I've worked in the same industry for 16 years, and have been with this company for 6 years. I have an exemplary record with the company, never had any problems, and have always done my best. There has never been much scope for progression, as it's the type of company that people stick with forever. Anyway, my Manager is leaving the company in three weeks, and this is my first real chance of promotion. She's mentored me for a few years, I have the relevant experience for the job, and I have proven that I have the ability to do it. A year ago a young lad joined the company and we do a similar role. He's never worked in the industry, but he's very good at talking the talk and making pals with senior management. When my Manager's job became officially available, this guy made it known to our senior management that he would also like to apply for the role. Fair's fair, and competition is sometimes a good thing, but he's since tried to get me into trouble by implying I'm not doing my job (my manager knew better). Now today I learned that the people who make the decision about the promotion have been told by this lad that I have health issues, and need time for medical appointments, and this might affect my ability to do the job. I have never taken a day off sick due to Diabetes. Diabetes has never impacted my ability to do the job. My medical appointments are always during my time, or I save up flexi time. I have explained this, but I feel that this is very unfair to have my chances marred by such rubbish. As I'm Type 2, I gather that I'm not covered by DDA... so I couldn't use that in my favour... what AM I covered by if anything?