/ Asked by dustin
Am I obligated to disclose my mental illness to my current or future employers?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 7, 2014
If your mental illness does not impact your ability to do your job, then you are not obligated to disclose it.  If, however, you will require a reasonable accomodation to perform your job, then yes you should disclose it, as your employer will be required under the Americas With Disabilities act to provide that reasonable accomodation.  Regarding the timing of disclosing, should you choose to do so, most likely that opportunity will present itself to you on or around your first day when you complete new hire paperwork.  If, however, the disability will impact your ability to interview, then disclose it at that time.   In general, however, you should not be afraid to disclose it as there are legal requirements that prohibit an employer from discriminating against you because of a disability. 
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, November 10, 2014
If  you are seeking accomodations then you are obligated to disclose your situation.  Under ADA companies are required to make accomodations when requested within reason.  If your disabliity impacts you with the interview then it is best to disclose this disablity prior to the interview.  I hope this is helpful.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, November 17, 2014
During the application, interviewing, and offer stage, you are not obligated to disclose your mental illness. If you need a reasonable accommodation to perform your job due to your mental illness, you will want to disclose that to the HR person you are working with - rather than the hiring manager. Also, some companies will administer a health questionnaire between the offer and start date. It's important to disclose any illness or medical condition at this point in time.
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