- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Isle of Palms and three other cities nationwide have reached settlements with the U.S. Justice Department following investigations that found city hiring practices violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The department said Tuesday it found online employment applications in the cities asked questions about disabilities. Under the act, employers may not ask whether someone has a disability before making a conditional job offer.

The cities agreed to make sure their hiring practices don’t violate the act. That includes not requiring a medical exam or asking before hiring if an individual has a disability. The exception is if a medical exam is needed to determine if an employee can physically do a job.

The Justice Department also settled with DeKalb, Illinois, Vero Beach, Florida and Fallon, Nevada.

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