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Foremost in the minds of job seekers with a disability is this question:  "When should I disclose my disability?"  When should I ask for an accommodation?"  The following details both ADA requirements as well as best practices:

What medical questions can employers ask on job applications?

Employers cannot ask disability-related questions before an offer of employment is made. In general, this means that employers cannot ask questions on a job application that are likely to elicit information about a disability. For example, employers cannot ask whether an applicant has a physical or mental impairment, has received workers compensation, or was ever addicted to illegal drugs. For more examples, visit Pre-Offer, Disability-Related Questions: Dos and Don'ts at http://www.jan.wvu.edu/media/preofferfact.doc.

For additional information about pre-employment medical questions, see Pre-Employment Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Exams at http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/preemp.html.


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