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Re: Color vision for network techs
From: JC Dill <jcdill.lists () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:27:28 -0700

On 31/08/12 7:54 AM, Scott Morris wrote:
The ADA act does not allow people to have access to every single job
regardless of their handicap.  So, if something requires the ability to
see certain colors, then that's a requirement.

Be careful about those "requirements". The ADA requires employers to make "reasonable accommodations" to people with a handicap or disability. There are solutions such as using colored lenses to view LEDs or shining colored lights on objects (see the post about using a red flashlight to help with CAT5 wiring) that can aid those with color blindness issues. These solutions are not practical for certain jobs such as an airline pilot or train conductor where they can legally refuse to hire people who don't pass color vision tests. But the work-around solutions are likely to be considered "reasonable accommodations" for most jobs in the IT/Networking field.

So if you DO decide to test for color vision, make sure you know your rights and responsibilities for handling any employee or applicant who fails the test.

IANAL - if you have any questions be sure to get advice from an attorney - preferably one who specializes in employment law.

jc



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