A worker who refused a drug test but got a job anyway stirs the internet

Internet commentators have rallied around a worker who refused to take a company’s pre-employment drug test but was offered a job anyway.

In a viral Reddit post posted on the popular r/antiwork, Redditor u/Kleverhar (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said they were deep in conversation with a recruiter when the subject of drug tests came up. – and stop—in moments.

Titled “The company wanted me to take a drug test and I told them no, but they offered me the job anyway,” the Publish received over 10,500 upvotes and 600 comments in the past day.

Beginning with the warning that they don’t “need” the job in question, the original poster said their ambivalence was on full display when the company revealed they would be subject to screenings before an offer is put on the table.

“They wanted to move on and said I had to take a drug test,” OP wrote.

“I said, ‘I don’t do drug tests. What I do in my personal life is my business and does not affect the skills and abilities needed for this position,” OP continued.[I don’t know] why did I say that. I don’t even do anything. But I think I’m just a little fed up with companies digging into my personal stuff.”

Despite their refusal to take a drug test, the original poster said that two days after speaking with the recruiter, they received a surprising phone call.

“The company offered me the job,” OP wrote. “I didn’t even mention the drug test.

“Maybe everyone should put these things off and companies will learn to stay out of … personal life,” OP postulated.

Like background checks and analyzes of social media profiles, employers use drug tests to assess what hired employees and potential employees look like, and what they do, outside of working hours.

While private substance use has long been equated with an inability to perform work-related tasks at work, recent developments in contemporary wisdom and the widespread legalization of recreational cannabis use have sparked a different conversation regarding drug testing and its viability.

“Drug testing is designed to detect and punish behavior that is typically practiced outside of working hours and away from the employer’s premises, i.e., in private,” says the American Civil Liberties Union . “Employers who perform random drug tests on workers who are not suspected of using drugs are monitoring private behavior that has no impact on job performance.”

For prospective employees, drug testing is sometimes required to advance through the hiring process. Prospective employees are not required to accept these drug tests, but often risk unemployment as a result.

“You have the right to refuse a drug test,” reports online legal resource NOLO. “And the employer has the right to deny you a job on that basis.”

However, not every contestant who opposes drug testing is guaranteed to be turned down, and the original poster is the perfect example.

Healthcare professional handing over a cup for the urine sample. Members of Reddit’s r/antiwork forum were thrilled to learn how a Reddit user got a job offer, despite being refused a pre-employment drug test.
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Throughout the comments section of OP’s viral post, Redditors applauded their tough stance on drug testing and recounted numerous instances in which their refusal to be tested was similarly rewarded.

“I’m retired now but spent 40 years refusing to take a drug test for a job,” Redditor u/VenusRocker wrote in the lead comment to the post, which received over 3,500 likes. positive votes. “I just don’t think what I do with my time is none of the business.

“The most interesting thing is how many companies have employed me anyway,” they continued. “Some just ignored the requirement, others found creative ways not to call me an employee…but I’ve never lost a job at a company I wanted to work for because of testing drug testing.”

Redditor u/ShapePrisitine3027, whose comment received nearly 2,000 upvotes, speculated that status is largely responsible for who gets tested for drugs and who doesn’t.

“I know of two people who worked under government contract who were also on ‘Do Not Test’ lists with their respective HR departments,” they wrote. “At a certain level of talent or work in certain fields, companies know they can’t force people to take drug tests.”

In a separate comment, Redditor u/Tophinity said they declined a pre-employment drug test, just like the original poster, but were stunned to learn why they were still receiving a job offer a few days after the fact.

“Once I applied for a grocery store,” they explained. “They gave me a drug test…[and] I knew I would fail, so I never went for the drug test.

“A few days later I got a call from the grocery store saying my doping test results were good and they were ready to hire me,” they added. “Still confused by that one to this day.”

Newsweek contacted u/Kleverhar for comment.

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