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David M. Perry @Lollardfish
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Good thread. Also this is often illegal. Call the EEOC and complain if you are screened out from a job due to "must lift ..." clauses if it's not a lifting job.
ILLEGAL!
maybe I'll go read some academic jobs ads and yell about them.
This @ArizonaState "mentorship" job says - Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds (15%). But not a single description of duties is physical labor. #Illegal
Nursing jobs often say 25-50 lbs and that's not illegal. However, if you are a disabled nurse you can request a reasonable accommodation and you can't be discriminated against.
Now look at @UCIrvine ... woo boy. A Student affairs job.
higheredjobs.com/search/details…

A screenshot listing a highly specific group of physical actions as "constantly." I suspect this is #illegal
#IANAL
@UCIrvine Does anyone want to bet how often these phrases appear on what are mostly desk jobs at @UCIrvine? I'm guessing 100%, but it could be lower depending on how good the lawyers are.
@UCIrvine Here's another one with "walk: occasionally" as a requirement. For a counselor.

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@UCIrvine My wife asks the reasonable question: How can you be expected to sit, stand, and walk "constantly." A philosophical dilemma for the ages.
@UCIrvine "The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds with assistance" for a graphic designer job. Now the "with assistance" is good, but this is probably #illegal @NorthIdaho ... higheredjobs.com/search/details…
These are my favorite: Here's a math teacher at @Midland_College

"Ability to lift or move equipment weighing up to 25 pounds" That's #illegal! ITS A DUCKING MATH TEACHER!

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"The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds" says @my_ccu (Colorado Christian) of their communication professor. This is probably #illegal.

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And just for the record @DePaulU your new assoc director of grad programs does not have "Periodically lift more than 25 pounds" as an essential job function. That's probably #illegal. But #IANAL. higheredjobs.com/search/details…
Oh @WesternWyoMBB maybe your new criminal justice will be able to you that requiring them to "have the ability to lift and/or move up 25 pounds on a regular basis" is #illegal.

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Hey @TSC_Scorpions I am actually in favor of requiring your Dean of Health to do more manual labor and "frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds" but it's probably. #illegal

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@TSC_Scorpions (Related TSC - if you make your adjuncts carry stuff for their
measley pay I will go to law school, become a lawyer, pass the bar in Texas, and sue you myself. Same language as above). #illegal

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I'm only on page 8 of 42 but am going to stop soon.
I am pretty sure I yelled at @enmu a few years ago for this #illegal stuff - higheredjobs.com/search/details…
Here's the point: If something is an essential job function, list it. Roofers need to go up ladders. But don't specify. No prof needs to walk, but they do need to move around campus perhaps. Profs need to /communicate/ but not "speak orally."
HR says "Slap all this stuff in" not to discourage disabled folks but to avoid workers comp lawsuits when you throw out your back lifting 25 lbs. But it's illegal unless it's actually an essential function.
And disabled job candidates see these requirements and don't bother applying, so they have a screening function. And that, the EEOC said to me on the record, is #illegal.
I'd be happy to write about this issue for you. I've worked hard on it for years now.
If you like this thread you could support my @Patreon and help fund me to yell at HR departments all over the country. 2$ a month gets you all my love. $25 a month gets you writing critiques and help pitching.

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