I have been working for an employer for a little over a month. I completed the pre-hire screening and drug testing before my start date. Today, one of my references received a phone call from my employer asking her how long she had known me and if she was aware if I had any drug or alcohol abuse issues. She was shocked and immediately called me to see if I was okay. I was very embarassed! I certainly don't have a problem and I can't imagine why they would do this. There has been no one mention anything to me. Is it legal for them to ask those kinds of questions of a third party after a person has been employed and there is no reasonable need for the information?
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Re: Employer Inquiry
Although as you describe it, the employer's action sounds unnecessary and potentially sinister, it doesn't sound like you were harmed. I don't believe the employer has done anything "illegal," although it sounds like you might want to keep your eyes open as someone or something prompted the employer to make the call. I suggest you keep good notes on any actions the employer takes in respect of your employment, and if you believe you've been harmed, talk with an attorney.
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