When you apply for a job, there are some questions that an employer can't ask. An employer may not ask you about:
- Your disability
- Your health
- Whether you have been in the hospital
These are illegal questions. Employers might ask you these questions anyway, even though the law says they cannot. You do not have to tell the employer about your disability, health, or medications.
During the job interview
If an employer asks you an illegal question, you can say:
- I do not answer questions about things that are private and not related to the job. I would be happy to discuss my qualifications for this job
If you took time off work because of a disability, and an employer wants to know why you did not work for some time, you can say:
- I took time off from work to handle a private family matter.
Physical or medical examinations
The employer can ask you questions about your health and require medical examinations, but only:
- After the employer offers you a job
- Before you start the job
- If it is required for all new employees
Updated: August 2017