What should an employer do if a job applicant reveals he or she has a disability during a job interview?

Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios

Where a job applicant reveals a disability during the job interview, the employer should avoid asking any questions about the extent, nature or history of the applicant's disability. Instead, the employer can explain the hiring process and the essential functions of the job that the applicant seeks.

The employer may then ask the applicant if he or she will need a reasonable accommodation during the hiring process or to complete the necessary functions of the job. If the applicant requests a reasonable accommodation, the employer may ask what accommodation would be necessary. Employers may also ask prospective employees to describe or demonstrate how they would perform the essential job functions, including any needed reasonable accommodations.