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    Legal advice on claiming disability status with employer
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    kansascity posted:
    Are there any good web resources that have recommendations on legal matters for those with back issues protected by EEOC (degenerative disc disease)? I am applying for federal jobs. With many agencies, you receive extra points in your application if you have a disability. Obviously, I want extra points but a) I feel sleazy claiming it if there are those with greater handicaps than mine, and b) not sure if it's a good idea to alert a future employer about a 'flaw'.
    In general, when starting with a new employer, is it better to notify that employer upon hire of your disability (to document it as self-protection) or not. I'm asking from a white-collar job perspective…
    How do you legally document your diagnosis, and do you need to if not claiming disability insurance or benefits?
    Thanks
     
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    trs1960 responded:
    The best info is on the EEOC web site. There's an arm called JAN I believe that can assist you. It's not to get you points or preferential treatment, their Job is to make sure you're not discriminated against.

    It's always better to get a job because you can bring value to your employer. You should know what your rights are under EEOC, but I wouldn't start my career there.


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