When interviewing for a job in Texas, you don’t have to disclose that you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). For many positions, having that condition will not affect your ability to work. However, don’t wait too long to inform your employer and ask for reasonable accommodations if you find that your disability is affecting your performance.
ADHD is a recognized disability
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) recognizes ADHD as a disability, as many afflicted with the condition have considerable difficulty concentrating on the tasks at hand. However, at the same time, you can ask for reasonable accommodations at your workplace to help you perform your job. Not providing you with those accommodations, firing or demoting you because of them is a form of discrimination.
Don’t wait too long to disclose your ADHD diagnosis. Many people wait until they are put on probation or their employer reprimands them. These scenarios can only exacerbate the situation. When sharing your diagnosis, focus on the positives and the strengths you have to help your company achieve its goals. As long as you can accomplish the essential functions of your job, you are entitled to help.
What if my employer won’t accommodate me?
If your employer does not provide accommodations, you may have a violation of employment law. More employees go through this than you may realize. The longer you allow such situations to occur, the worse your situation may become. Some workers may also face retaliation from their employers when asking for accommodations.
If your employer has treated you unfairly because of your ADHD disability, you have recourse. If you have performed your job to the level of your abilities and have notified your employer of your condition, you may be able to file a claim against them, asking them to accommodate your requests.