So I’ve been applying to jobs for the summer and have been stumbling across a lot of the coded “no people with disabilities” language. Observe:
Stand and walk on hard-surface floors for entire shift, up to 8 hours, not including breaks. Firmly grasp utensils (including knives) and tools (including mops, brooms, etc.). Tolerate temperature extremes (hot and cold) in working in walk-in and around ovens and sinks. Repetitively lift up to 25-lb. boxes to maintain walk-in cleanliness, to rotate stock, and to store product.
The “firmly grasp utensils” bit seems especially geared to slam people with repetitive motion injuries, arthritis, and the elderly. This wasn’t the best job I’d ever seen, but at the same time, I have the luxury of being able to poo poo it and not apply. If I really needed the money, and happened to have a condition that oh say–prevented me from lifting 25 pounds regularly or after I’d been on my feet for hours, being unable to apply would sting.
This is one of the first times I’ve ever seen this sort of targeted language. Companies used to depend on implication to turn undesirables away–but now they come right out and say who can’t apply for this job. It’s just…disheartening.