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  • Terminated while on Worker's Comp, how to deal with in job applications. California

    20 years ago I worked as a law librarian and loved it. BUT, I developed carpal tunnel from handling those huge Federal Register Books, went out on Worker's Comp, and was eventually terminated because they couldn't accommodate me. 20 years later, I have no more carpal tunnel, and have learned how to prevent it (hint: it comes from poor shoulder alignment, not from too much typing, or grasping, etc.) and no longer have the problem. However, I'm filling out a job application for a law librarian, and must list my former job as a reference to be more competitive, and, of course, they want to know why I left the last job. Technically I was let go. I did take a full time job after that (librarian was part time.). Soooooo, I'm not required to disclose a disability if I believe that I can do the job with or without accommodations, (actually, without), but I don't want to lie on the app. Any bright ideas on what I should write on the application?
    I am not an attorney, and don't play one on TV. Any information given is a description only and should be verified by your attorney.

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    "I suffered an injury and the employer was unable to accommodate the amount of leave I needed to recover. However, that was 20 years ago, I have completely recovered and am able to perform all the duties in the position we are discussing without any kind of accommodation."
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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      Sounds good to me & cbg has a hx of reviewing employment applications.
      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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        Thanks! I'll try that.
        I am not an attorney, and don't play one on TV. Any information given is a description only and should be verified by your attorney.

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          Good luck.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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