Posted by Mitch on September 28, 2001, at 13:37:01
In reply to Re: New job... drug test required and how to explain » TomV, posted by paxvox on September 28, 2001, at 12:29:33
> I am a Federal manager that deals with hiring employees at times. Believe me, you HAVE to be honest and upfront with them. If you lie, they can fire you later for lying. If you don't mention the conditions, you will fail drug screening, and they won't hire you.
This is an interestingly related new subject: Pre-existing medical conditions (versus drug tests).
From the *practices* as I have seen them-the personnel manager isn't *obligated* to fire someone for not disclosing a condition at the time of hiring(despite whatever rules they may have). However, they *will* have the ammunition to get rid of you later if they are looking for something to hang you with. I have seen some coworkers get away with a LOT of infractions (illegal stuff, too), IF they are cranking out the work and doing a good job (this is private sector now). However, if they *want* to get rid of you, they usually can find some way to do it anyway. Those are just my observations, I agree that ideally you should disclose all your conditions. What about this twist-what if the *condition* that you have has not been adequately determined (differing diagnoses-different docs, etc.), or what if the nature of your condition contains symptoms that would make it difficult to disclose the condition? (i.e. social phobia where disclosing the condition itself would result in embarrasment). Mental illness isn't near as objective as nonmental disorders. Just my two cents.