Equal Employment Opportunity Commission document details accomodations for a job's diploma requirement

March 8, 2012

Are you concerned that you won't be eligible for certain jobs because you weren't able to get a high school diploma? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addresses these concerns in a letter that explains how employers must offer accomodations when an applicant has not achieved a high school diploma due to a disability.

According to the document, "Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a qualification standard, test, or other selection criterion, such as a high school diploma requirement, that screens out an individual or a class of individuals on the basis of a disability must be job related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity." 

Even if the diploma is deemed necessary for the job, the employer may still be required to consider an applicant's relevant work history, or allow a demonstration of his or her ability to perform the essential functions of a job.

Read the document: ADA: Qualification Standards; Disparate Impact