Questions How should I handle a job interview when I have an obvious physical disability? Should I mention it? Can potential employers force me to take a drug test? What is an at-will employment agreement? What is an arbitration agreement -- and do I have to sign one to keep my job? Why do I need to
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants with disabilities. To understand your rights as an applicant with a disability, you'll need to know whether the employer is subject to the ADA, whether you meet the definition of a person with a disability, and whether you're qualified for the position (able to perform the essential job duties, with or without a reasonable accommodation).
New employees are often perplexed to read--in a job application, employment contract, or employee handbook--that they will be employed "at will." An at-will employee can be fired at any time, for any reason. If the employer lets you go, you have very limited legal rights to fight the termination.
I was laid off from my last job when the company decided to downsize. I received a severance package, and the paperwork said that the company would follow its standard reference policy of giving out only my dates of employment, positions held at the company, and compensation. I'm looking for a new job, but every time I get to the stage of the hiring process where they check my references, I get turned down. A recruiter told me that my former manager is badmouthing me, telling everyone who calls that he thinks I have a poor attitude and no respect for authority. Can he violate the company's own
I use a wheelchair and have limited use of my hands. I have mastered voice-activated software, to the point where my word processing and data entry speed are just as good as someone who uses a manual keyboard. However, I'm concerned that prospective employers might not realize that I have these skills. Should I bring it up in an interview, or would that just call attention to my disability?
I recently interviewed for a creative position at a high-tech company. I'm in my 60s, and have always worked in the tech field. Rather than focusing on my skills and experience, however, the interviewer kept asking about my interest in new developments and whether I'd be a good fit with the company culture. It started to feel an awful lot like he was suggesting that I'm too old for this field or this company. What should I do if this happens again?