The auto parts supplier apparently had no justification for ordering their employees to be tested. Worse, they took punitive action against the workers who did test positive. Some employees were reportedly fired by executives at Dura because they refused to stop taking their prescribed pain medications, stating that they couldn't work without them. Dura claims that they conducted the tests to keep the workplace and their employees safe.
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The second lawsuit filed on behalf of seven employees, has been stayed pending review. One woman who is a plaintiff in this private class action alleges that she was fired eight weeks after results from her tests showed "positive" levels of "certain chemicals". Reportedly, she suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, and has chronic back pain, and was prescribed certain medications for these conditions. Prior to the drug test, she had never been cited for safety violations at the company.