• Job Application Question Regarding Disability/Past or Present, Including Cancer

    Asked by IKickedIt on Monday, August 6, 2018

    Job Application Question Regarding Disability/Past or Present, Including Cancer

    Very interesting question on job application regarding disability, current or in the past. Would you choose to answer this honestly or tell a little white lie? Cancer is included in the list of conditions that qualify as a disability. And it questions whether it's a current condition/disability or one in the past. There is the option to decline to answer.

    I'm torn. I'm normally a very honest person, but I have been cancer-free for 6+ years and the problems that I have will in no way affect my job performance. So, do I answer 'yes', 'no', or decline to answer? I have researched and understand the basis for this question, but I am still not certain I want to answer either 'Yes' or even decline to answer.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      A good answer legally, but as someone who had to file an EEOC case because her boss was saying he was going to force her to retire from her government job due to being disabled, I can tell you that even though it's illegal, and some agencies are legitimately trying to show they hire enough disabled people, there are others who do use it to cull disabled people from the hiring process.

      I think this is especially true around the military which is sad since so many of us get injured in combat zones. If your job doesn't require you to run you shouldn't be singled out and forced out if you can't run, which is sort of what happened to me. Then we found out later that cancer was part of the problem.

      So anyway, it will just really depend on the sort of individuals you are dealing with unfortunately.

      almost 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I have seen job requirements that indicate sharp eyesight, an ability to reach a certain distance, an ability to lift a certain weight, an ability to climb stairs and an ability to sit for long hours. That last one is relatively new because sitting is the new disease. Near me, they started installing low curbs for meeting ADA requirements. Bus service is inconsistent. Self employment is a serious thought. Working from home is a serious thought.

      almost 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      If you haven't filled out the application get in touch with the disability rights avocates in your state https://www.drnj.org/ ask them how to protect yourself if you should be terminated or denied the job for cancer. My brother is a Disabiltiy Rights Administer. The rights of all people with disabilities are under attack.

      almost 3 years ago

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