employer refuses to hire due to pots ?

  1. “If you have a disability, you must also be qualified to perform the essential functions or duties of a job, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to be protected from job discrimination by the ADA.

  2. It doesn't sound like the employer specified "with or without accommodations" when asking this question of OP. Assistance when lifting a 100 lb dog is quite a reasonable ask for anyone, disability or no. OP said they were otherwise confident in their ability to safely handle the animals.

  3. But I told him I could with accomodations. Like if someone helped me I could. I dont think even without pots that a 120 lb women could lift a 100 lb dog alone.

  4. I've worked with horses that weigh 1000 lbs as well as wildlife and was able to control all of them. Not sure how a puppy is any harder.

  5. I’m a vet tech and couldn’t imagine an employer requiring anyone to lift a 100lb dog alone. That’s so unsafe for both the person & the pet. I would be worried what other unsafe practices they expect you to go along with. I know it must be disheartening, but hopefully you’ll find a clinic that values their staff’s health and safety.

  6. I was in vet school . But im on leave now. Mostly due disabilities. I plan to go back to school eventually.. And even in school we were taught it takes 2 people minimum to restraint and lift a bigger dog. So I was shocked he expected a tech to do this all alone.

  7. As a general rule, I don't disclose any medical conditions in interviews. I think it's much safer just to ask for what you need (or file for formal accommodations) when/if you need to.

  8. It suck’s, but if you can’t reasonably do the required task, its unfair to ask the employer to hire you. Maybe try something else in that general field?

  9. the thing is "reasonable accommodations" is really vague and a job just has to be able to make a logical argument if they deny you. sounds like this is a vet tech type role? They can probably make a pretty convincing argument that employing someone with POTS could be dangerous if you were to ever faint or have an episode around animals. I bet that's their main concern, and less about actually lifting things. But denying your accommodation request to lift things is their way of getting out of hiring you. So yes it's kind of discrimination, but it's grey enough that they can get away with it.

  10. As awful as it sounds, it isn't illegal for them to not hire you if you are unable to perform an essential task of the job. Usually requirements like that are clearly stated in the job listing, so it's on you as the applicant to know your abilities before you apply. "Reasonable accommodations" is a vague term, but if you are completely unable to perform an essential task without assistance from another person (meaning they'd need to hire 2 people to fill your position instead of one who can do it effectively) then they are within their right to not hire you.

  11. That's hard because if you had a medical event while lifting the dog, it could hurt both you and the dog. Disability or not, if you can't lift a 100lb dog and that's a requirement, then you're not an ideal candidate.

  12. I have pots but I can still lift 100 pounds. You didn’t get the job because you didn’t meet the requirement not because you have pots.

  13. I also have the same issues and can lift 100+ lbs for short periods of time. I've even lifted 200, and I am female but young. You can't basically say oh I can do x so you need to be able to do y or you're lying.

  14. Employers make arbitrary and unrealistic essential job requirements literally to weed out disabled folks. While it is true discrimination, it is not illegal bc HR lists it as essential. Other HR job requirements you may see to weed out disabled folks:

  15. When do you finally qualify for disability? The fight for recognition of invisible diseases is still massive today.

  16. I have POTS and have worked in vet med for a while. Currently in emergency medicine. I’ve never been expected to carry a 100 pound dog by myself, 60-80 and dying in the parking lot? Sure I’ll hoist it up and get it in but someone usually meets me half way to help. It’s pretty unwise for an employer to put an employee in that situation because other injuries can arise from that and also it’s just unnecessary. I’d be weary of a boss that puts you in harms way. Everyone at my job knows of my condition and looks out for me, which is how it should be.

  17. This is kinda a useless comment, but why the living hell don't they make it so that people don't have to powerlift dogs? Would a walk in bath tub or table with a ramp and bars be too difficult?? Idgi.. (Assuming this is a groomer job. Had a back room tour of one a few years back and was kinda awe struck at how ridiculous the layout was.)

  18. Uts a veterinary technician job. Im a vet student not groomer. But same stuff applies yea. U could also have a table that lowers and rises up have the dog step up then raise it.

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