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Dooligar

Work drug testing and driving home.

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I clean a vegetable processing factory.

 

Recently I tested positive for THC on a random swab test at work, which then resulted in a urine test. Before the swab I told them I smoked the previous night. I was worried about someone in management reporting me for driving home, after I was told I couldn't return until  they received the lab results. I could not find a significant manager (300+ employees) to ask if I could leave my car and was not thinking clearly due to failing the drug test so I drove the 1km home.

 

Today I was called in for a meeting (a week after the test) and was told  the lab tests revealed I was 17x the police cut off point for THC. I stuck by my story that I hadn't smoked the day of the test. They mentioned they were still in discussion with their lawyers about dismissals for failed drug tests and even though I'm only cleaning the chemicals I use classify the job as dangerous. I had an anxiety attack and told them I was willing to to do more drug tests that I am confident I will pass. I was tearing up and trying to explain how my partner and I are struggling with depression and anxiety and want to get on top of drug use after one of the interviewers said "It seems like you don't want to quit" after I explained I had been around cannabis for so long. I was sent home and told I would be called in the next 24 hours.

I'm 70% sure I will keep my job but the reason I am posting now is that when researching  the laws about random workplace drug testing I noticed one website saying employers must make sure the employee makes it home safely or stay on site until they can drive themselves. I was never told anything about driving after the tests.

If they do want to fire me could I possibly threaten them with legal action for not looking after my safety?  I do realize that it is MY responsibility to not drive while impaired and this is a
shitty thing to do but coworkers have kept themselves out of trouble using similar divisive tactics (non drug related)

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Sorry guys this is ridiculous. Head has cleared and I will not be threatening my employer lol. To be honest losing this job might be the best thing for me I feel capable of so much more, just isn't much work in the area and my girls been outta work for awhile and seriously struggling mentally lately.

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Positive thinking. Get a new job. Freedom of choice is what you want. 

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"17x the police cut off point for THC"??? 

 

such a thing exists?

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give us an update D

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About what update do you talk, Thunderldeal?

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Dooligar's situation

 

Although like so many do, he seems to have left us.

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On 11/24/2017 at 9:39 PM, brendajones said:

About what update do you talk, Thunderldeal?

 

How random is this post lol

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5 hours ago, 87_botanist said:
On 11/25/2017 at 0:39 AM, brendajones said:

About what update do you talk, Thunderldeal?

 

  How random is this post lol


I lol'd too, pretty obvious haha...  
Anyway, I wonder how @Dooligar is going with it all, I'd love to hear how it went down.

Hope you and your girl are alright mate.

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