Telling employers about your peanut allergy


I'm applying for jobs for the first time. I haven't written that I have a peanut allergy on my CV (resume) because I didn't think I needed to until I'm employed. Should I include it in my CV?

In the UK you cannot discriminate against hiring people with allergies. And honestly, maybe this is me thinking too good of people but surely workplaces should be paying attention to food allergies anyway? Because food allergies are so high?. I'm very young (19) and I'm scared that my peanut allergy will just be another thing to add to the list (young, no experience etc) making it harder to find a job.

Any advice?

By on Jun 19, 2016

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Thank you for reaching out with this question. Your issue is a common one - and it will only become more common as more and more people affected by food allergies enter the workforce. There are plenty of new workers just like you, wondering if they should mention their allergy with their application, or what accommodations they can ask for to keep themselves safe at work. But it is important that you remember that, as you mentioned, employers cannot discriminate against hiring people with allergies! It is within your rights not only to be hired by an organization, but to ask that you are accommodated so that you can safely do your job.

Of course, your rights as an employee don’t become a factor until you are hired, and unfortunately, there may be some employers who view your allergy as a deterrent. So what do you do? Many folks on our forum here, as well as others suggest you don’t disclose your allergy until after you are hired. Others suggest you mention your allergy, if the employer asks you if you’ll need special accommodation.

All in all, we suggest you make the decision that resonates best with your conscience. Recognize that your right to work is protected, and go out into the workforce with confidence!

We hope this information helps. We also reached out to our Facebook community with your question, and you can see their responses here.

By AllergicTeen2 on Jul 12, 2016

I am in a similar situation as you, Momobubble. I am American, however. I am not sure how to handle it:

If you would be so kind as to give an update as to what you decide to do and how it turns out I'd really appreciate it!