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Question about the disability section on job applications. I go back and forth on whether to put “yes” even though the condition I have (Crohn’s) is specifically called out. I don’t see myself as having a disability and don’t think I’ll need accommodations. Is there any downside to answering yes?

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I always suggest to job hunters that whenever they're asked for disabilities, only answer if their specific disability prevents them from doing any of their supposed tasks. Otherwise, they can keep their disabilities to themselves since they're not that relevant to the role. Your main concern is when your company hounds you after a background check and said you lied about your application. In which case, I always tell job hunters to say, "Why? Would you have not hired me if I told you I had a disability?" That usually stops them from asking more questions. Philosophically, a disability is anything that prevents you from doing the duties that "average" people do. If you think you have a "condition" but it doesn't prevent you from doing the duties expected from you, it's not, technically, a "disability".

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Indeed, your biggest concern is if your new company sues you for "willful deception" and that's technically fraud. That's why my reason borders on just...wit and sophistry. But if it's to avoid discrimination in the workplace, the end justifies the means and all that. You can try to disclose your case and hope for the best though. Who knows? They might be nice 🙂

I was under the impression that jobs can’t even see the answers to that question, along with diversity and veteran questions.

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Unlikely. It’s only supposed to used for data capture

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