/ Asked by Veronica
I was employed with a nonprofit for 14 years. I was injured while on the job and have been on Workman's Compensation for a year and a half. Now I am ready to return to work. While I was out, I completed my MBA and I have a fresh resume with several transferable skills outlined. However, how should I address the issue of Workman's Compensation and my subsequent termination? For all intense and purposes I was terminated because of my inability to return to work, but not because I did anything wrong.  My question is, what should my response be regarding how I came to leave my last job and how do I address the time between jobs?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 31, 2014
The most important thing is to be honest.  More often than not, candidates get burned by not disclosing their full employment history.  I would explain that in your previous position you were injured and became physically unable to perform that job.  Spin it positively by stating that the situation opened up an opportunity for you further your education in the hopes of taking your career in another direction.  Share your desire to get into the field that you are interested in and that during the time off, you went back to school to position yourself to do so.  Remember, you cannot be discriminated against because of a physical disability.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, April 7, 2014
You should never disclose any medical condition in an interview - and an employer should never ask. When asked about your gap employment, simply say that you had a personal medial condition to attend to. They may ask you if you need an accommodation to do the job in which you are interviewing (which is legal), and if you do, it is OK to say so. Do not deliberate details about your medical condition.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, May 19, 2014
I would address the situation head on. Be honest. That is your best bet.  You have nothing to hide.  Knowing that you returned to school to obtain your MBA was a good use of your time.  

Good luck.   
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