[QUOTE=JP;64381]Regardless of whether I pass or fail a drug test, neither has much to do with how I perform my job.[/QUOTE]
I Disagree. There is little doubt that chronic drug and alcohol abuse leads to decreases in motor skills and cognitive ability, and people who have consumed drugs recently are more likely to do so again.
[QUOTE=JP;64381]SO, you tell me, how in the world does what you did on YOUR time off weeks or months ago have anything to do with the job you do on your job now??? And how does that relate to safety in any way???[/QUOTE]
Regardless of when illegal drugs are used, they are still illegal. I think that an employer is reasonable in drawing a negative conclusion about a mariner’s fitness to work from a positive drug test, even if the positive resulted from consumption far prior to employment. I can only speak with certainty about my own opinions, but, given the choice, I would rather work on a boat that could be certified drug free to a higher degree of certainty.
Other posters keep bringing up their rights to privacy. I feel very strongly about the 4th amendment and the rights associated with it, but it offers protection only from the state and state actors. Private employers have every RIGHT to hire the individuals that they feel are most likely to perform their job to the highest standards. There may be some characteristics that an employer is barred from considering when making decisions on employment, but engaging in illegal drug use is not one of them. You as a mariner have every RIGHT to work somewhere else.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think hair test results are DOT tests. Meaning that their results are not reported to the USCG. Does anyone know if this is the case?