Can an employer make me take a drug or alcohol test?
Question & AnswerCan an employer make me take a drug or alcohol test?
2. Decide what to do if your employer asks you to get tested
If your employer asks you to do a drug or alcohol test, you may want to ask:
- why they want you to do this
- whether other workers are also being told to do a test
If you have a , talk to your union representative. There might be rules in your about when your employer can ask you to take a test.
If you think that having to take the test goes against your rights, you’ll have to decide what to do.
If you refuse to take the test, your employer might fire you or punish you in some other way. But the same thing might happen if you take the test and it shows use of drugs or alcohol.
You may want to get legal advice. Your employer might be going against your legal rights.
One place to get free legal advice and information is the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.
The Centre can help you decide what to do. They also help people apply to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and, in some cases, at the .
You can also check out the Centre’s online tool Can We Help You? to see if you might be able to make a human rights claim.