OT does anyone have Human resources experience??

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OT does anyone have Human resources experience??

My husband applied for a job at the CA department of Social Services. They scheduled him for an interview for this wed at 3:30. They noticed that on his application he marked that he would need resonable accomodation. Is what she asked him legal? They e-mailed him and asked what he would need. Here is what was sent to him:

FYI: he has been doing this SAME type of work for other departments for CA and has over 7 years experience in the field.

office:
was reviewing your application and noticed that you had indicated needing reasonable accommodation for the interview. What would that be?

dh:
[FONT=Times New Roman]i probably wont. i am in a wheelchair.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Times New Roman]office:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=navy][FONT=Arial]Hmmm. Did you notice the physical requirements on the job description?

dh:
[FONT=Times New Roman]yeah i did.....i have been doing this type of work for 7 plus years and so far it hasnt been an issue. not to mention i do alot of the work on my cars, cut my firewood, and am going to be building a clubhouse for my son in the spring.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Times New Roman]office:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Andy
I can tell from your application and your achievements that you don’t let your disability get in the way of what you wish to accomplish. I admire and respect that, having spent some time myself in a wheel chair, in leg braces and on crutches or cane. (I am in fact using one crutch at present.) [COLOR=red][NOT the same situation as dh, he has been in a wheelchair for 16 years and doesn't have leg braces.]

That said, I would like to detail some of the more physical activities of my unit; much of this would also be revealed in the interview:
· Receiving boxed hardware (servers, printers, switches and UPS devices) and transporting on a cart either to the Lab in this building or over to the computer room in the OB8 building 1.5 blocks away
· Unboxing said hardware and transporting as mentioned above
· Building the hardware portion of the servers (we don’t do the software)
· Testing data jacks and cables to determine if they are hot or faulty---can require floor level work or computer closet work (patch panel to switch)—and some of the closets are not very big once the equipment is in there
· Racking servers, switches and UPS devices in floor to ceiling racks in very small computer closets; some of these devices weigh 50 pounds or more
· Connecting patch panels to switches with cable—could be ground level or could be 5 feet or more up on a rack
· Traveling via van or airline with testing equipment and tools in a roller bag that weighs more than 50 lbs

I do have your interview time scheduled for 3:30 (skills assessment at 3:00), and will inform the security guard of your visit. Since this is not a public building, the street door is secured and will need to be opened by the guard. [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR]
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I think it's a touchy subject, but she asked in a way that doesn't go against any laws - at least here in Canada. She never says that she doesn't think he can't do the job, just detailing things for the job. It's not really labour laws that deal with 'disability' in the workplace, it's the Human Rights Commission. If he was really offended with how she asked, or if he doesn't get the job and feels it's because of the fact that he's in a wheelchair, I'd contact the Human Rights commission in your state and see what they say.

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They can't tell him he can't do it, unless his doctor says he can't do the requirements.

Good luck.

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I have no idea, but I hope he can get the job he wants. Sorry Liz.

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No need to be sorry. Smile I guess we are sensitive to it, people look at him and automatically think he can't do anything for himself. I know it doesn't make him feel good.

I just feel like she was questioning his abilities because he was in a wheelchair. Just because he's in a wheelchair doesn't mean he can't lift 50lbs or get on the floor to do something. They wouldn't ask a 'normal' person if they read the requirements.

OK, i'm done being sensitive. I'm SO PMSing today lol

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Sorry, that is frustrating. She didn't do anything wrong that I can see, but it must hard to know they are prejudging his abilities because they found out he is in a wheelchair. Hopefully, they will hire him and this will be water under the bridge. I'm sure as his wife you just want to defend him so badly!!! I would too!

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I have no advice about the legality of the situation. I'm assuming that she was just trying to be honest on the front end and let your DH know the job description in case he felt that some or any of it would be an issue. That being said, I can also see how you might find it offensive. I don't think she has technically done anything "wrong" although she definitely in my opinion maybe put the cart in front of the horse. Maybe she felt like informing him now so if he thought it was a problem he wouldn't waste his time coming for the interview. I think she should have saved that info. for the meeting though.

Sorry, I'll be praying for DH and you that he gets that job or another one that he deserves!

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They probably also wanted to see if he was a quad instead of a para.... That does happen.

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I guess I just figure that they should know that he can do that stuff, because he has been working in the SAME position with the state, just with a different department.

oh well. He is trying to get closer to us. He now has a 1hour commute each way!