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May 18 2018

"Individualised assessments" recommended before firing a drug-using employee

A child development centre in South Carolina hired someone to be an afterschool teacher who then confessed to being a previous opiate addict who was now receiving medical treatement for the addiction, and then subsequently fired him.

The EEOC said that an individualised assessment of the employee's ability to carry out their job role sould have been carried out first in order to not discriminate and breach the Americans with Diabilities Act.

The centre was fined $5,000.