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Kathryn J. Russo is a Principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a firm resource on the legal issues implicated in workplace drug and alcohol testing arising under federal, state and local laws.

A recent case emphasizes that employers must ensure they do not make improper medical inquiries related to pre-employment drug test results at the pre-offer stage. John Harrison v. Benchmark Electronics, Inc., No. 08-16656, 2010 App. LEXIS 632 (11th Cir. Jan. 11, 2010). Some valuable lessons for employers are discussed below.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals permitted an applicant who was not hired after testing positive for drugs used to control his epilepsy to proceed with his lawsuit asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act because there were factual issues whether the employer made an improper medical inquiry and denied employment on that basis.Continue Reading ADA Confidentiality: Drug Test Results May Not Be Used Against Applicant at Pre-Offer Stage