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Having a disability, whether mental or physical, is a deeply personal matter. With few exceptions, federal government job applicants and employees are not required to disclose their disabilities. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal contractor employers only to invite their job applicants and employees to disclose, voluntarily, their disability status.

If you are living with a disability and feel that your employer has no need to know, then you can rest reasonably assured that you won’t have to disclose your disability. If you wish to have a non-competitive hiring process or require certain kinds of accommodation, you will need to file proof of your disability.

According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the following are acceptable forms of proof for a disability:

  • Statements or letters on a physician’s/medical professional’s letterhead stationery.
  • Statements, records, or letters from a federal government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Statements, records, or letters from a state vocational rehabilitation agency counselor.
  • Certification from a private vocational rehabilitation or other counselor that issues or provides disability benefits.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

At Pines Federal, our attorneys advocate on behalf of federal employees when their rights at work are violated. If you believe you have been mistreated because of your disability at work, such as an unfair denial of reasonable accommodation, we can help.

Contact Pines Federal today by submitting an online form or calling (888) 898-9902.

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Eric L. Pines is a nationally recognized federal employment lawyer, mediator, and attorney business coach. He represents federal employees and acts as in-house counsel for over fifty thousand federal employees through his work as a federal employee labor union representative.

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