Legal drug, legal drug test … and a legal mess for the employer

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Employers routinely require applicants to whom they have extended job offers to take tests for illegal drugs. If they pass, they get the jobs. If they don’t, employers can legally rescind the offers.

But here’s a case in which an employer completely mishandled this everyday procedure, and now will probably pay a high price.

R. Sue Connolly successfully interviewed for a position as vice president at First Personal Bank. The bank sent her a letter offering her a job, subject only to her passing a pre-employment drug test.

Before Connolly took the drug test, she told the bank she had recently undergone a medical procedure, and that medications involved might show up on the test results. Indeed, the test came back positive for phenobarbital. Upon seeing the test results and without any further investigation, the bank called Connolly and rescinded the offer.

The doctor’s verification

Connolly reminded the bank pre...(register to read more)

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