By The Long Island Railroad
“The United States Supreme Court has held that, when a government entity such as the LIRR takes a man’s urine, it constitutes a Fourth Amendment search or seizure. In my view, the LIRR had no rational basis for demanding Mr. Drew’s urine after an extended leave of absence for cancer treatment, particularly in a state where he had a protected right to use cannabis. The LIRR is not above the law.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 589, is in the process of scheduling the case for presentation before a neutral arbitrator in early 2024.
One has to question why LIRR management forced Mr. Drew to submit to a urine test in the first place. Granted an employee who has faced cancer is an expensive employee, but what happened to humanity? What happened to legality? It is illegal to discriminate against an employee with cancer. This case will be interesting to follow, and I hope that big corporations simply start doing the right thing. I pray that Mr. Drew stays in remission, stays strong and the LIRR finds the strength to place human life before the bottom line.
Enjoy The Journey