EEOC Issues Informal Discussion Letters

EEOC Issues Informal Discussion Letter on PTSD: The EEOC has issued an informal discussion letter on psychiatric disabilities with behavioral manifestations. The EEOC’s letter was in response to questions from a state employer regarding reasonable accommodation for a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

EEOC Issues Informal Discussion Letter on Disability-Related Inquiries and Hiring: The EEOC has issued an informal discussion letter discussing whether an employer can use information about a person's physical conditions (including, for example, high blood pressure and diabetes) gained after post-offer medical examinations to sort and rank applicants for certain jobs.

 

EEOC Issues Informal Discussion Letter on Title VII and ADEA Related to Job Advertisements: The EEOC has issued an informal discussion letter in response to an inquiry regarding the legality of particular wording in “help wanted” advertisements in newspapers. The agency was asked to address such phrases as: “women or minorities are encouraged to apply,” use of the phrase “and others” such as “seeking stay-at-home-Moms,” “seeking couples and others,” and “seeking retirees and others.” The EEOC also responded to a question about whether there is a “definitive policy on gender-specific job titles.”

 

By Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

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