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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:35 am 
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Volvo paid $70 grand after not-hiring person because he was on Suboxone:

http://thedailyrecord.com/2018/01/19/eeoc-volvo-settlement/


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:46 am 
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Wow!! This has certainly been a subject on this forum! We often wonder what our rights are with employers and whether or not we could be fired or not hired in the first place for being on suboxone. Because addiction can be considered a disability, we have speculated that we can't be turned away or fired if an employer or potential employer finds out that we are taking this medication. However, what the law may say and what can be proven are often two different things. Now there is a precedent that employers will have to take note of! This is very good news for sure!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:48 am 
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Here is another article on this subject. The Daily Record unfortunately requires a subscription to read the entire article.

https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-19-18a.cfm

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:56 am 
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Thanks Amy!

I talked with an investigator at an EEOC office in Milwaukee some time ago-- maybe 6-7 years ago. Back then he said that they don't really go after companies that turn away people in early recovery, because of the high possibility of relapse and the common presence of continued 'pseudo-criminal' behavior (that term is used for breaking laws because of being driven to find drugs to avoid withdrawal, a very strong motivator for most opioid users). He said that would take it more seriously after a year or so of sobriety.

Not sure if he reflects the current situation but his answer sounded reasonable.


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