Yep I’m in shock, I was fired today because I didn’t tell my employer the exact reason I left my old job.
It’s a long tortuous story but here goes. Last March, we got some pot to smoke while on vacation; I smoked a few joints. The next week I was injured on the job and sent to the emergency room and forced to give a urine speciman which came up positive for marijuana. I was suspended, forced to go to Narcotics Anonymous (and told that I didn’t need to be there BTW), forced to go into rehab, drug counseling and piss-tested about every third day. My thc levels dropped at a consistant rate. Three weeks later the test came back at 17 (20 is considered positive).
I was told that 30 days was enough to produce a clean speciman and given the option to either resign or be terminated. I was told if I resigned, any prospective employer would not be told of the drug testing but if asked they would have to tell the truth. If I kept silent, they would also. I resigned and one month later was contacted by the State Nursing Board about “a matter concerning my nursing practice”. I was investigated and cleared of any further follow-up.
I am clean and passed the drug screening for my now ex employer honestly and went on with my career. This weekend I ran into a former co-worker (first job) who never seemed to like me, I’m not sure why. She asked if I was working and I told her I was happy at my new job.
This morning I was called into the nursing director’s office and was told that they had received an anonymous tip that I had been fired for drug use and my first employer would not deny that allegation. While I technically resigned from Job #1, I had no defense. I offered to produce a speciman for them but it was declined. My employment was terminated because they felt I was dishonest. I was not required by the Board to tell my employer about their investigation so I did not. The parting shot was, “if you had been more honest about why you left Job #1, we would have worked with you but now you can not be trusted.”
The thing that bothers me the most is that my job performance has never been questioned. I have received numerous commendations and glowing performance appraisals. I have never been impaired at work with so much as a hangover. I rarely drink. I took my job very seriously.
This whole business sucks.