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Pre-employment medicals

Some employers use pre-employment medicals when choosing employees. They check that you are physically and mentally able to do the job without putting yourself or others at risk.

These tests are done by medical professionals, chosen and paid for by the employer. They should be properly designed and carried out to test your ability to do to the job, not to find out about irrelevant medical conditions or past compensation claims.

You will probably be asked about your injuries and health at the pre-employment medical. If you do have an injury or illness, think about how you will discuss it. If you believe previous or current health issues or work injuries won’t affect your ability to do the job, state this clearly. It is against the law for an employer to reject you because of an injury or illness that won’t prevent you from doing the job safely.

Pre-employment medicals are usually done after the interview stage. If the pre-employment medical shows that you can’t safely do the job, the employer can choose not to employ you. But if the employer misuses the results, it could be disability discrimination.

People with a disability are protected from being unfairly treated when looking for work.

If you think you have been discriminated against as a result of a pre-employment medical, contact us for advice.

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