Our firm’s employment lawyers handle a significant number of New Jersey civil service issues. One of the most vexing is removal from a list of eligibles because of medical or psychological disqualification.
Hiring for the vast majority of civil service jobs is determined by merit based on competitive examinations. One thing that may disqualify an applicant is disqualification because of an alleged psychological or medical condition which would render the candidate unable to effectively perform the requirements of the job she is applying for.
Generally the disqualification will not happen until after the examination is complete, the results are tabulated, and a list of eligibles is generated. Prior to an offer of employment being made the employer cannot require the applicant to submit to a medical or psychological examination. After the offer of employment is made, however, the applicant may be required to submit to a medical or psychological examination as a condition of employment, provided that all other applicants to whom offers are extended are required to undergo an evaluation as well. If the results indicate the applicant cannot perform the essential duties of her job because of a psychological or medical condition, the employer can request that the Civil Service Commission remove her name from the list.