Minneapolis, MN asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Missouri

Q: I was given a urine drug test and was told I have to be sent elsewhere and would notify me when she finds one to go to

I did not/ have not taken any illegal drugs nor did I consume any alcohol. All I had in my system was my prescription for adderall that I had taken prior to the orientation I had attended for a job I was supposed to start this week. I still have not heard back from this employeer with further instructions on where I am to go for another drug screen

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, where a prescribed medication has affected your drug test, it's important to communicate with your employer. Provide them with documentation of your prescription for Adderall. This documentation should include a note from your healthcare provider confirming that you are taking this medication under medical advice. Employers are generally required to consider the legitimate use of prescription medications when evaluating drug test results.

If there's a delay in hearing back from your employer regarding a follow-up drug test, it's advisable to reach out to them proactively. Ask for an update on the status of your drug screen and the next steps in the process. Keep a record of all communications with your employer regarding this issue.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. If your prescription medication is for a condition that qualifies as a disability, your employer may need to accommodate this in their drug testing policy.

Remember, effective communication is key in resolving such misunderstandings. If you feel your rights are being violated or if the situation doesn't resolve satisfactorily, you may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in employment law for further guidance.

Dealing with drug testing issues at work can be challenging, but being proactive and informed about your rights can help you navigate this situation more effectively.

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