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SCC okays zero tolerance drug policy for safety-sensitive workplaces

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 5:15 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

In a boost for employers with “zero tolerance” drug and alcohol policies in their safety-sensitive workplaces, the Supreme Court has upheld the automatic termination of a cocaine-addicted heavy machinery operator who was fired after he got into an accident at a coal mine.

The top court’s three-opinion human rights law ruling June 15 clarifies — and according to the dissent changes — how to determine prima facie discrimination in the workplace, in this case based on the mental disability of drug addiction: Stewart v. Elk Valley...