Warn about bias against addiction disability.

Refusing to hire people because of their disabilities violates the ADA. That includes making snap judgments about applicants who may have a disability related to addiction. If the person is taking meds to overcome opioid addiction, you may need to accommodate it. You at least must have a discussion on possible accommodations.

Recent case: A welder was offered a job, contingent on passing a drug test. He passed, but explained he was in treatment for drug addiction, which included taking prescription meds.

The hiring manager then told the applicant, "If you get off that s**t, I'll hire you." The company did nothing to determine whether the welder could perform the job while on the meds. The EEOC sued on his behalf, saying the...

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