Employer Sued for Rejecting Applicant on Methadone

The ADA does not protect employees who are currently using illegal drugs. However, the ADA does protect employees who are no longer using drugs illegally and are receiving treatment for drug addiction. Accordingly, an employer may face liability if it rejects a qualified applicant because the applicant is on methadone as part of a medically supervised treatment program, especially where a hiring manager tells the applicant: “I’m sure we don’t hire people on methadone, but I will contact my supervisor.”


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