How Drug-Testing Cost One Firm $750,000 : AMEX

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Excerpt:  Drug-testing employees is supposed to save you headaches, not cause them.But one automotive parts company will pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against it under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging the firm took its drug-testing policy too far.According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dura Automotive Systems tested all the employees in its Lawrenceburg, Tenn., plant for 12 substances in May 2007. The problem was that seven of the substances tested for were legal medications “lawfully prescribed for the individuals taking them,” according to the EEOC.The company—based in Rochester Hills, Minn.—also required the employees who tested positive for the legal meds to tell them what medical conditions they were taking the drugs for—and conducted the testing in such a way that everyone knew who had tested positive. Dura then made it a condition of employment that the employees stop taking their (prescribed) drugs. According to the EEOC, the company then suspended employees until they stopped taking the prescribed meds, and fired those who were unable to perform their job duties without their medication.

The EEOC filed suit after attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its conciliation process, the agency said.

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