Should You Disclose Your Disability?
You should disclose your disability to your employer if you believe that your disability is or may be affecting your job performance. If that is the case, a reasonable accommodation can be provided to you in order for you to perform the essential functions of your job at a satisfactory or above level. In other instances, if your disability requires absences from work, you should disclose your disability.
What Happens After I Disclose My Disability?
What happens depends upon why the disclosure was made. For example, if you disclosed a disability because you need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of your job, then your employer is required to determine if there is a reasonable accommodation that can be provided to you and if so, it must then be provided to you.
Can I Be Fired For Disclosing My Disability?
No - it is a violation of law for an employer to retaliate against an employee who discloses a disability. Furthermore, it is a violation of the law for an employer to retaliate against a disabled employee who has requested a reasonable accommodation.
Should I Retain an Attorney?
If you believe that your employer is not properly handling your request for a reasonable accommodation or if you believe that you are being discriminated against on the basis of your disability, or if you have been retaliated against including termination, you should retain an attorney.