If I had an episode yesterday whereinI was slurringand stumbling due to low blood sugar,can I be terminated for that?

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If I had an episode yesterday whereinI was slurringand stumbling due to low blood sugar,can I be terminated for that?

They sent me for a drug screening that afternoon and the only thing in my system were the medications I have prescriptions for. However, when I told her it was because my blood sugar was low she didn’t believe me and gave me a 30 minute lecture that I was making excuses and wouldn’t admit I had a problem and stated if I acted that way again it would culminate in immediate termination.

Asked on February 3, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

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Archibald J Thomas / Law Offices of Archibald J. Thomas, III, P.A. - Employee Rights Lawyers

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Based on the circumstances you described, assuming your employer has more than 15 employees, if you were terminated, you may have a potential claim of disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilites Act and/or the Florida Civil Rights Act.  For more information on this topics you should consult an attorney or visit the eeoc web site at www.eeoc.gov


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