Employers can send you for a medical before deciding whether to offer you a job. Pre-employment medicals should only assess whether you can do the job you are applying for. If the medical shows that you can’t safely do the job, the employer can choose not to employ you.
Employers should not take into account any medical conditions that don’t affect your ability to do the specific job. That could include:
- an old injury that you have fully recovered from
- an illness that is well controlled and will not cause a problem at work
- a condition that causes you some restrictions, but not in anything you would have to do for the job; or
- the fact that you once made a workers’ compensation claim.
It is discrimination to use medical information to deny you a job that you are fit to do.