just had a thought... is drug addiction considered to be a disability? if so, ponder this... if your employer fired you because you failed a drug test, you could claim the reason why you tested postive is because you are addicted to the drugs. an employer legally cannot fire an employee because of a disability (whether it be mental, medical, physical, etc). thus you could sue your employer under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in civil court for a lot of money. edit: after doing some research, i don't think it would work: http://www.jan.wvu.edu/media/drugadd.html Drug Addiction and the Americans with Disabilities Act Is drug addiction a disability under the ADA? Current illegal users of drugs are not "individuals with disabilities" under the ADA. However, persons addicted to drugs, but who are no longer using drugs illegally and are receiving treatment for drug addiction or who have been rehabilitated successfully, are protected by the ADA from discrimination on the basis of past drug addiction (EEOC, 1992). A person who casually used illegal drugs in the past, but did not become addicted is not an individual with a disability based on the past drug use. For a person to be "substantially limited" because of drug use, s/he must be addicted to the drug (EEOC, 1992). Individuals who are not illegally using drugs, but who are erroneously perceived as being addicts and as currently using drugs illegally, are protected by the ADA (EEOC, 1992).