Thursday, October 25, 2012
What about past addiction problems?
A registered nurse said she had problems years ago with addiction and now, with background checks, this is coming back to haunt her in getting a job.
Ninety percent of employers do BG checks.
The Americans with Disabilities Act precludes discrimination if the person has stopped using drugs.
But if a position is “safety-sensitive,” with a potential for harm to others—such as taking some drugs and watering the remainder, or operating heavy machinery-- this can allow the employer to say no.
This is determined case by case.
So, know what you are looking at—put your best case forward.