An employer has the right to fire you for lots of reasons that seem to make no sense. If they feel that you are a liability, then they should.
A coworker got fired for DWI, and had his license suspended for a fairly short time period, and TRIED to keep that a secret, but failed. Since his job required him to drive a service truck, they fired him. They COULD have temporarily had him do other work, in the shop, but since he was already causing some other grief in the work group, it was a good opportunity for the company to just send him down the road.
Fact is, if you do anything to expose your employer to a lawsuit, your job is at risk, and rightfully so.
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
Employers have the right to be inconsistent and hypocritical, I'm not saying they shouldn't.
I personally don't believe drug testing is conductive to running an efficient business. It makes no difference to me whether someone is lazy and unmotivated because they're stoned all the time or lazy and unmotivated because that's just the way they are.
The only time drug testing makes sense is when the person is directly involved in a job which may present a safety hazard if he's inebriated. Even then, it still makes little sense because it's perfectly possible for someone to get high at home and be sober at work, just like alcohol.
I do, however, support firing people who get stoned at/before work. (Unless I'm running an art studio for instance, in which case it might actually be beneficial)
Last edited by BulletWounD; 04-08-09 at 11:09 AM.
Drug Free WorkplaceDrug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
Federal statute relating to drug abuse policies that requires all employers with federal contracts at least equal to $25,000 to certify, as a condition of receiving a federal contract, that the employer will provide and maintain a drug-free workplace.
There's quite a bit of pressure on employers to maintain drug-free environments. There is little or no pressure to monitor employees for parking tickets or speeding violations.
When several of my coworkers heard they asked to have their form thrown out and to be grandfathered in... this time THEY were the ones told no.