After conducting a thorough investigation, Boeing has terminated four employees suspected of selling and using drugs at work. Boeing is now taking the opportunity to use this unfortunate situation as a coaching opportunity. Starting next week, management will interrupt work in the Everett facility to conduct briefings that will reiterate the company’s drug-free workplace policy and make employees aware of the resources available to help with substance-abuse issues.
While most employers ban drug use in the workplace, there are state and federal laws protecting employees who need prescription medication(s) and accommodation(s) in the workplace. There are also state and federal protections for employees needing accommodation to recover from substance-abuse conditions. If you, or someone you know, are being treated unfairly due to an accommodation request tied to either prescription drug use or substance-abuse recovery, we can help.