Diploma Needed?

Reprinted from PN June 2012

A high school diploma might not be the only way for people with disabilities to prove they’re qualified for a job.

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a question and answer document that helps clarify a late 2011 informal discussion on the matter.

The EEOC says employers can still require a high school diploma from applicants. However, “an employer may have to allow someone who says a disability has prevented him from obtaining a high school diploma to demonstrate qualification for the job in some other way.”

The commission says the “some other way” could include “considering work experience in the same or similar jobs, or allowing (the applicant) to demonstrate performance of the job’s essential functions.”

The document adds that employers can also “require the applicant to demonstrate, perhaps through appropriate documentation, that [he/]she has a disability and that the disability actually prevents [him/]her from meeting the high school diploma requirement.”

The EEOC says high school diploma requirements for people with disabilities is part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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