An invitation to self-identify is an optional question on a job application that allows the applicant to identify as a veteran or person with a disability. Some organizations also invite existing employees to self-identify using a standard form. Invitations to self-identify are used in affirmative action efforts and to collect data on hiring practices for the federal government. Applicants without disabilities or veteran status are also able to self-identify to aid in gathering information. Self-identification is collected and reported to the US Department of Labor confidentially. Self-identifying is optional but strongly encouraged. It does not result in any adverse treatment for the employee or applicant.
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