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louiscat August 30th, 2011 11:31 PM

nervous about failing medical exam
If a person had a routine shoulder or knee surgery in the past year, would this be grounds for failing a pre-employment medical exam?

fun2cruiz August 31st, 2011 02:35 AM

If the previous surgery would affect the work requirement and not allow you to meet the responsibilities of the position you are being considered for...then I would say most certainly it could be considered grounds for not passing the medical exam.

Bruce Chafkin1 August 31st, 2011 05:38 AM

The Cruise lines have 3 primary reasons for requiring the medical exam:

1. Being self-insured, we don't want to take the chance that you have an undiclosed medical condition that could result in us paying to care for you for the rest of your life. Some people try to get jobs on ships only to later disclose a pre-existing medical problem that the cruise line has to pay for.

2.Most crewmembers have safety duties in any emergency. We must ensure that you are healthy and fit enough not only to save your own life, but also the lives of our passengers.

3. Safety duties also require crewmembers who are reliable and not subject to substance abuse that could impair their performance. We test extensively for drugs and alcohol. Any signs of illegal drug use or abuse of alcohol will get you rejected. This is the point where the majority of American applicants fail.

7x57 August 31st, 2011 10:58 PM

Is there such a "routine" proceedure? HIPAA protects most US empolyees from discrimination based on protected health information, but a requirement to "lift 70lbs" could still be a job requirement. For companies outside of the US I imagine it would vary wildly from one employer to another as to how they made some of their hiring decisions.

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