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I am interviewing for the director position of my massage program.  The owner is interviewing me first before deciding she will open up the position to the public.  I have the background to do the job and it would be an easier transition to just hire someone already there and that the other staff knows.  I have been director of a college department before in my past and I hold two master degrees as well as lots of massage certifications.  Her biggest concern is my health.  I make no secret I have RA.  This semester I battled a freak bout of cellulitis that put me in the hospital for 1 night. ( But the cellulitis was totally gone with a 10 period and I only missed three days.)  I know from watching my current director that the owner is not an easy person to work for.  How should I answer questions about my health?  Am I legally obligated to answer them, or is that discrimination?  I'm not 100% that I want the job, but I want to hear what's on the table before I make my decision.
Thanks friends!
Kelly

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I'm not a lawyer, but I believe that she cannot ask about your health (discrimination, lawsuits, etc.), much less you being required to answer. I'd double check with a lawyer or the labor board in your state.
Thanks, Erica. They asked some really odd questions in the interview, but none were related to health. The owner wanted to make sure I wasn't planning on moving any time soon!
Hmmm. Not entirely sure that's 100% kosher either (you'd be astounded at what is/is not legally allowable in interviews), but sounds like it worked out just fine!

Kelly Grounds said:
Thanks, Erica. They asked some really odd questions in the interview, but none were related to health. The owner wanted to make sure I wasn't planning on moving any time soon!
Well, it wasn't legal I'm sure--the owners seem to think they are above the law on a few issues. Do you have any advice where I can turn to and ask the legalities of things like student hours/credits, hourly employment wages, etc? I don't want any reprecussions if I choose to stay as an instructor rather than be the director.

Erica Olson said:
Hmmm. Not entirely sure that's 100% kosher either (you'd be astounded at what is/is not legally allowable in interviews), but sounds like it worked out just fine!

Kelly Grounds said:
Thanks, Erica. They asked some really odd questions in the interview, but none were related to health. The owner wanted to make sure I wasn't planning on moving any time soon!

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