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    icancervive asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Is Cancer considered a disability?

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      Nonnie917

      There a lot of things on an application that are illegal to ask you just have to know what they are. For instance, you do not have to provide your social security number until your interview. Just fill that spot with "will provide at interview." They can't ask your age or how many children you have and I don't believe that they can ask on the application if you are disabled. All that information is illegal to ask. Of course, if you are in a wheel chair it is obvious that you are disabled in a physical sense, but that doesn't stop the person from being able to do their job unless there are specifics that they would definitely not be able to perform. That is what I learned in my college classes when I was studying to become a paralegal. Prior to that I worked for legal services in my state and lost my job when they cut the funding in 1995. That is why I decided to go back to school for my paralegal degree. I am bi-polar and suffered from severe depression while I was working, but that was not diagnosed until 2000. It did not interfere with my work though. It made me work harder and faster than the other two girls in the office and I even had the supervising attorney come out and tell me that they couldn't keep up with me and I needed to slow down. So in answer to your question, no don't tell them about the cancer. They don't need to know that you are a cancer survivor because they might use it against you for fear of their medical rates going up as stated earlier in the comments. Good luck. I hope you find a job soon, if that is what you really want.

      almost 2 years ago
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      dianalynn

      You do not need to divulge this information. It's your privacy rights.

      almost 2 years ago
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      kashubian

      I would speak with a disability attorney in your state for clarification in your particular circumstance. What may render a construction worker unable to perform their work may have no impact on a person with a desk job, so I would ask questions pertinent to your work, your cancer, your ability. It may be an invasive question. It may also be a non issue based on your ability to perform the tasks of the job. My husband received SSID when still at stage IIB adenocarcinoma at his GE junction. Stomach cancer does not have a very good survival rate. No fighting, no appeal, he was approved in just 3 weeks. We are grateful he applied when he did, he is now stage IV despite aggressive treatments.

      almost 2 years ago
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