Do I have to tell the temp agency that I am on an SSI disability?
December 23, 2012 12:43 PM Subscribe
I went to a temp agency. Their paperwork included some questions to see if an employer would qualify for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit by hiring me. I answered yes, because I have received SSI within the last 60 days. Could I have chosen not to reveal my disability status without being accused of giving false information?
I went to a temp agency, and they handed me some paperwork to fill out. Everything was cool until I got to the section related to the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which gives employers a tax credit if they hire people who are "disadvantaged." The only question that I could answer yes to was whether I had received SSI within the last 60 days.
I had been hoping to avoid mentioning my disability status, on the grounds that employers see a history of physical or mental illness as a major red flag. However, the temp agency emphasized that giving false information is grounds for dismissal. The form also stated that WOTC eligibility would be verified through some kind of records search.
1) Should I see the WOTC questions as optional? Can I choose not to check the box without being afraid that I will later be accused of misrepresenting myself? (Perhaps they do a search to confirm "yes" answers, but not if someone answers "no"?)
2) If I can avoid checking the box, should I check it anyway? Obviously, this program is intended to promote the hiring of disabled people. But I'm concerned that this information may prejudice the recruiter at the temp agency, as well as any prospective employers that she tries to pitch me to.