Do I have to tell someone who is interviewing me that I have a disability?
No. You do not have to talk about your disability at the interview or even after you are hired.
Can an employer treat me differently because I have a disability?
A potential employer cannot
- ask you if you have a disability,
- make you take a medical exam (unless they offer you the job), or
- refuse to hire you (unless they are unable to make reasonable changes so you can work there).
A potential employer can ask if you are able to perform job duties.
What if I need an employer to change something so I can do the job I’m applying for?
Tell the employer what you need changed and why. The employer must make the change unless you ask for something that is unreasonable.
Note: Your employer has the right to make a change that is different from the one you ask for, as long as it is a reasonable solution that works for you. For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, go to www.ada.gov.
What kinds of changes are considered reasonable?
Reasonable changes are changes that would help someone with a disability to apply for or do a job. If the changes would cause extreme hardship, the changes are not reasonable and the employer does not have to make the changes.
For example, reasonable changes could include
- changing your schedule;
- changing the equipment you use, such as your chair or telephone;
- changing your duties; or
- hiring an interpreter or reader so you can do your job.
What if the employer won’t make a reasonable change?
If an employer says a change you asked for would cause extreme hardship, call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320 or 860-344-0380.
What if I don’t get hired because I have a disability?
If you are qualified for a job and have a disability, the law protects you against discrimination. Qualified means you can do the job if the employer makes reasonable changes in the workplace.
The law also protects you if
- the employer thinks you have a disability, or
- you have a chronic health problem, even one that does not impact an important life activity.
If you think you have been treated unfairly, you should file a complaint immediately. Continue reading for more information on how to file a complaint.