Was this borderline illegal?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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10495 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think you’re overreacting.  Workplaces need to provide the supports their employees need (sometimes legally, but it just makes good business).  He might have meant it would have come up after you were hired.  It might have just been poorly worded, but it was his way of seeing he had already noticed once you did bring it up.

I wasn’t there though 🙂  Did you get a weird vibe from him after it was mentioned, or did it just feel like a typical interview?

Post # 4
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think you’re overreacting. I am pretty sure he wouldn’t have said that if you hadn’t mentioned it first. 

Post # 5
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442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Well, it would seem a little strange if I was trying to speak to someone and they didn’t turn around. I might ask if they had heard me, not implying anything about your hearing aid at all. I think it’s harmless, and unless he tells you that you aren’t getting the job because of your hearing, I wouldn’t worry about it. Plus, if you need to be facing people in order to hear and understand them, wouldn’t you disclose that in an interview? What if the interviewer turned his back to you while asking a question, would you just ask him to repeat ad nauseum? 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you are overreacting a little. He didn’t bring it up until you did, and he may not have at all if you hadn’t. The wording he chose does not neccessarily mean that he actually WAS going to ask you about it. He is more than likely aware of the laws. 

I would not be offended by this, it’s a simple conversation over your hearing which you initiated.

Post # 7
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473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  I don’t understand? What is illegal? You’re not allowed to ask someone if they have a hearing problem? That seems a bit strange to me… :-/ Wouldn’t it be kind of important for someone to know that so you didn’t miss anything they said? I don’t think there was anything wrong with it. If I was in an interview with someone who a hearing impairment, I would not judge them for it at all, but I would think it was strange they didn’t tell me and then missed half of what I said because I wasn’t made aware of it. So maybe it’s not PC to ask if someone has an impairment but… illegal?? There are some things that need to be known and I don’t think it’s taboo/illegal/bad etiquette to talk about it. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LadyBlackheart: I wouldn’t worry about this. I think you were right to say something, even to alleviate a possible issue with your interview/conversation. While it is a “medical issue” I don’t think you’re necessarily divulging health information the way that you did. If you brought it up and he was like, so, have you been deaf from birth? What happened?  How often do you need to see a dr about this? Then that’s not okay. But if you’re like, I’m hard of hearing, and he mentions that he thought you were, it’s not an issue UNLESS you are not offered the job and they tell you its’ because of that reason.

Post # 9
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858 posts
Busy bee

Totally overracting. I think it is ridiculous that asking a question like that is Illegal. He isnt offending you, and well the statement is true. You are hard of hearing. It would be different if his comment was actually rude, or a form of harrasment.

Dont waste your time feeling offended

Post # 10
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6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@LadyBlackheart:  You’re overreacting. He might have really been thinking “Oh yeah, I was going to ask you about that because you didn’t hear me when I came in… but that’s illegal so I didn’t.” In any case, he didn’t ask first and his comment wasn’t at all negative. He was just stating something you both knew happened. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m sorry you’re upset about this, I’m sure it’s hard to have a disability of any kind, but I do think you’re over reacting about this incident. 

He wasn’t saying anything negative/derogatory, he just said he noticed.. I don’t see the problem? Even if he brought it up first, it is probably something he would need to know if the job requires you to speak to customers not face to face… No?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you are overreacting. I probably would have said the exact same thing that your interviewer did. He probably thought it was odd that you didn’t hear him and now that you brought up your difficulty hearing, he put two and two together and was like “Oh thats why!” I don’t think he meant anything negative or offensive by it at all.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I think you’re way overreacting. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you’re overreacting as well.

As someone who does hiring, applicants with any sort of disabiltiy who want accomodations make it known ahead of time, so the interviewer can be prepared.  If you opt not do that, then they have no idea that you’re hard of hearing.  I may have thought that you were just daydreaming or not paying attention if I said something that was just ignored.

Post # 15
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9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  It’s not illegal to ask if you’re hard of hearing (i don’t think) it IS illegal to decline you the position because you’re hard of hearing.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@love108:  +1

you’re put off by him telling you he thought about saying something?!  He probably realized it was slightly invasive before he said it, but in the end YOU brought it up.  He probably said that because he wasn’t sure how else to respond.

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