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Disclosing Your Health Condition To Your Employer

If I Choose To Disclose My Medical Condition To My Employer, When Should I Disclose?

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The best timing for disclosure generally depends on why you are disclosing. If you are in need of an immediate medical leave of absence or a job accommodation, you have no choice about when to tell your employer of your condition.

If you can avoid it, don't disclose your condition just prior to an expected raise, bonus, performance evaluation or opportunity for promotion.

On the other hand, it is advisable not to wait until your job is in jeopardy before disclosing your diagnosis. While you can't be fired because of your medical condition, you can be fired if you're not doing your job. If, for example, you are having difficulty getting to work on time due to nausea, diarrhea, or other side effects of medications: do not wait to disclose your condition or to ask for an accommodation until your employer is about to fire you as a result of tardiness.

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