October 31, 2014

EEOC: It’s illegal to treat alcoholics differently

Employers can’t impose special rules on alcoholic employees, such as banning them from drinking or requiring drug testing, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) .

Alcoholics are a protected group under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as such cannot be subjected to more scrutiny than their peers. 

The opinion calls into question the legality of employers requiring that alcoholics submit to drug testing after returning from treatment, according to the article 

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