Last week I came across a news article that caught my attention from the AP associate press. The federal equal opportunity commission was suing United Steel Corp because they fired a probationary employee with diabetes who was tested positive for alcohol but claims the test results were wrong The federal lawsuit was filed in Pittsburgh and also names the United Steelworkers of America as a co-defendant But the suit says the union is included only because it’s a party to the collective bargaining agreement under which the random tests are administered. The lawsuit states the employee was fired in 2008 and was asking for damages and lost pay that he or she is owed and the federal equal in an opportunity commission is asking the judge to ban the testing of probationary employees as a violation of the Americans with disabilities act. My opinion is if the federal judge rules that there should be a ban on alcohol testing for probationary workers as a violation of the Americans with disabilities act he or she is an idiot because coming to work under the influence is not a discrimination of any kind and my understanding of the ADA is the ADA is supposed to be a law to protect the disabled but is not a get out of jail free card because if a regular employee was found to be under the influence at work they would be fired with no question asked.
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