Hanford, WA Employees Canned in Marijuana Witch Hunt
Imagine this scenario: A bag of pot is found somewhere in your workplace, it wasn’t yours, but you had smoked pot recently… and now your employer is forcing the entire staff to take a drug test.
Well, this isn’t a riddle. It’s an account of a true story that occured at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility of Hanford, Washington. What happened next is a little confusing, but all true.
Of those employees asked to take the drug test following the discovery of the bag of marijuana, a handful resigned instead of taking the test–another handful failed the urine drug test and were subsequently terminated. Too bad they didn’t have some fast detox pills…
One could argue that employers have the right to drug test randomly–but there was nothing random about these drug tests. Couldn’t you therefore argue (as I would if I were the attorney of one of these canned employees) that forcing a drug test after finding illegal drugs is a violation not unlike unlawful search without a warrant? What’s the difference?
Now here’s where it gets interesting. Of those who resigned rather than giving into taking the drug test for marijuana, all had their employment reinstated. Of those who failed, none returned, nor are the expected to return (this incident occurred one month ago.) Naturally and quite conveniently, the employer notes that those who resigned did so coincidentally and for reasons not associated with the bag of goodies.
We had hoped for better from the Washington state legal system–hopefully the jury is still out on this one.