Michael John Carley, Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?, Huffington Post (August 26, 2014) ›
… The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.
But low scores on an Emotional Intelligence test can then be assumed to reduce hiring potential as well as job retention, and therefore could alter the individual’s career track, even if they are successfully completing their job requirements. And since many non-apparent disabilities contain life experiences wherein people are often ostracized, or left out of “developmentally-appropriate” life markers throughout youth and early adulthood, two conundrums are immediately posed: 1. Is it therefore a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to subject an employee with a disclosed developmental disability to an Emotional Intelligence screening of any kind? And 2. If so, are companies actually even aware that such practices are illegal?