[lit-ideas] Re: amazing employment application questions

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 19:46:46 -0700

JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx wrote:

 > So, let's say I'm paralyzed from the waist down in a wheelchair, but
 > my clerical skills are outstanding (if I do say so myself).  So
 > they're asking me if I am able to perform the clerical duties if the
 > building does not have wheelchair access?

No. They're asking if you can do it if you have reasonable accomodations, _if you need them_, (a ramp, or whatever). That is, can you type at all, independently of whether you need any special accomodations?

David wrote:

It's a very odd question:

"Will you be able to perform the essential job functions for the
position you are applying for with or without reasonable

It isn't the most deftly worded question, but it's pretty clear to me. The reading light example is about as transparent as I can make it. I suspect that David and Julie are just ambulance chasing. As it were. So to speak. 'You ask a philosopher a question and after he or she has talked for awhile you no longer understand your own question.' [Philippa Foot]

Robert Paul
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