Winter Haven, FL asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida

Q: Safety sensitive position and needed prescription drugs.

I currently operate heavy machinery for my job. What options would I have if my employer found out I was on a prescribed med with a waring that you should not operate heavy machinery when taking, yet my dr has provided documentation I can preform all my essential job functions and not put myself or anyone at risk of harm when taking the medication.

2 Lawyer Answers
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If I was your employer, I would not believe the documentation from your doctor. Your options would be to either get a new job or not get one.

Alberto Naranjo
Alberto Naranjo
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Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: This is a hard one but if your doctor says your ability to perform your job with some sort of accreditation, make sure you document your request and ask the company to enter into the interactive process with you to determine if there is an accommodation that would work, like the different schedule to take medication, etc.

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