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Disclosing Your Health Condition To Your Employer

If I Disclose My Medical Condition, What Should I Disclose?

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There is a difference between disclosing and sharing everything.

  • How much to disclose depends primarily on your reason for disclosing. For example, if you have decided to disclose so that you do not have the burden of keeping a secret, it may not be sufficient for you to indicate that you are a person with a disability without indicating your diagnosis. You would meet the legal requirement, but you would still be keeping your diagnosis a secret.
  • Even if you are disclosing in order to request an accommodation or a leave of absence and you do not want your employer to be aware of too much information, you may consider simply indicating that you are a person with a disability, and describe the need you have. Understand that if your employer requires evidence of your condition (which it has a right to do), the evidence such as a letter from your doctor will likely include mention of your health condition.


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