IOP, Justice reach settlement on job application for disabled

Dick Cronin

Isle of Palms and the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement on Tuesday that says the city will not ask job seekers whether they are disabled.

As part of the settlement, the city has changed its online application to eliminate that question. It will also provide training in the Americans with Disabilities Act to employees who make hiring or personnel decisions, according to a copy of the agreement.

The city will also take steps to make its online application more accessible to those with disabilities that affect sight, hearing or manual dexterity, the agreement says.

“There was no fine involved. We just have been required to modify our application process,” said IOP Mayor Dick Cronin.

Agreements were also reached with the cities of Dekalb, Ill., Vero Beach, Fla. and Fallon, Nev., the government said.

The Justice Department found that hiring practices in the cities violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Questions about whether a job applicant is disabled are not allowed unless a conditional offer of employment is made, the government said.