Long Island Business News quoted Paul Millus in an article titled “Drugs at Work.” The article, published September 17th, discusses how substance abuse among employees can create a host of problems for employers, including loss of productivity, workplace injuries and increased healthcare expenditures.
The article stated: ‘You cannot fire someone if they come to you and disclose they’ve been in rehabilitation for alcoholism or drug abuse,” said Paul Millus, of counsel in the litigation and employment law departments at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein in Garden City, noting substance abuse is considered a disability. But active drug use is not protected by the ADA and can be grounds for termination.
“Employers should have a specific policy that applies to everyone equally, that states employees are not allowed to use illicit drugs or have alcohol in their system while at work, no matter who they are,” Millus said.”
The full article can be read at Long Island Business News (may require subscription).