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Hi, i have a question regarding looking for a job. This is the first time that I am applying since being diagnosed and I am not sure what to disclose. I was so disappointed that some job applications even ask if an applicant has any "chronic" issues. I feel it is discriminatory. Also, after you are offered a job, you have to have a physical exam. If I understood correctly, getting a job is dependent on this. I am so confused by all this. As you can see from online, I have had a lot of issues but i should be able to work and these positions are administrative, not physical in nature. So, my question is how do I proceed if offered a job? Since I am only diagnosed with celiac as of now, do I just mention that?

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7 hours ago, LookingforAnswers15 said:

Hi, i have a question regarding looking for a job. This is the first time that I am applying since being diagnosed and I am not sure what to disclose. I was so disappointed that some job applications even ask if an applicant has any "chronic" issues. I feel it is discriminatory. Also, after you are offered a job, you have to have a physical exam. If I understood correctly, getting a job is dependent on this. I am so confused by all this. As you can see from online, I have had a lot of issues but i should be able to work and these positions are administrative, not physical in nature. So, my question is how do I proceed if offered a job? Since I am only diagnosed with celiac as of now, do I just mention that?

Yes, list it under conditions. If you feel comfortable doing so, state that it's just like a food allergy and provide that you will take care of your dietary restrictions and it will not limit your ability to perform the functions of the job.

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It's not illegal in the US or Canada for employers to have pre-employment medicals but it is illegal for them to ask if you have a disability prior to a job offer. They can only rescind an offer, which must be made prior to the medical by the way, if there is an issue that can't be accommodated to the point of undue hardship for the employer that surfaces in the medical. There's no way a company could assert that celiac creates an undue hardship for them to accommodate, when what you eat has nothing to do with any job. You'll be fine. if you're worried about celiac disease sounding like it might make them nervous just all it gluten allergy but only mention it in the medical not on the application it's none of their business at that stage. It's not really a "chronic issue" anyways, they are probably more worried about bad backs and them getting worse through working and the potential for workers comp issues. I'm an HR leader in Canada so have an idea of what employers can and cannot do...

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Hi all,

thanks for your input. I live in one of the less developed countries in Europe. If I state the country I am from and if  any of the doctors or people that know me looked up celiac and this forum, it would not be hard for them to figure out it was me based on my question, stories, test results, etc. (not sure how likely that would be but better safe than sorry)

Anyhow, regarding this question, I just need to accept that things here do not function like they should. I am very familiar with the U.S. employment procedures and I think any HR person from there would be shocked to hear all those illegal questions I was asked. I would have hoped I was asked more about my graduate degrees rather than these illegal questions.  Truth is that I need the money since I am paying for a lot of tests out of the pocket so I accepted the position. I am expected to have a physical exam, no idea what tests it requires...I will see...However, at work, I am not sharing with any of my co-workers that I have celiac. Thanks again.

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Sounds like a good plan!  ?


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