Can I be forced to take a random drug test once I have exited my work building?

I realized I was unfit to come and be at work. I tried to contact my manager and once I couldn’t locate

him, I decided to leave and wait for my ride outside. I was then asked/forced to come back and submit to a drug test.

Asked on October 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You cannot be "forced" physically to undergo a drug test. However, if you fail to voluntarily take one, then absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, you can be disciplined for not doing so (up to and including suspension or even termination). This is true whether or not you have left your palce of work. Basically, in an "at will" work relationship, a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit (so long as no form of actionable discrimination is a factor).

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