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What do you answer when you are applying for job and they ask you this?




posted Mar 13 in Conversation by alejandramarquez (1,070 points)
edited Jun 28 by KarenG

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So far I haven't had to answer that question on a job application.  But I would answer yes.  Would I be nervous that I would be discriminated against?  I sure do think I would.  But diabetes is a medical disability, and if this is going to cause a problem I would like to know before accepting the job.
answered Mar 13 by KarenG (16,340 points)
Questions about medical conditions cannot be asked during a job application/interview process.  I would mention it - maybe - after I got the job offer.  I don't require (as of yet) any accommodations, so I would keep quiet about it. There is so much dis- and mis-information about diabetes and why a person gets the Dx, that there are people out there who believe that diabetes is self-inflicted and due to some character/sense of responsibility flaw.
answered Mar 14 by artwoman (1,060 points)
I'm in the process of applying for jobs and this has been on just about every application.  I have been checking yes, as having diabetes is part of my reason for applying for the jobs I am looking at and in my cover letter.

 In my eyes, I'd rather say yes, than "prefer not to say" which to me feels like I"m hiding something. I'd rather have them know up front and deal with it then work for a place and it's a big issue later on.
answered Mar 14 by phyllisk (4,500 points)

I did some research, and as I understand it art women is correct that prospective employers are not supposed to ask about disability during the interview process: https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html#potential


answered Mar 15 by KarenG (16,340 points)