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Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Good question

Can you be fired for having a disease.
They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it.

In brief: Good question

Can you be fired for having a disease.
They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

If a person's problems with alcohol spill over to their job, whereby one's functioning on the job us affected; you can be fired for poor job performance.
Otherwise, how would an employer know someone is an alcoholic? If one drinks on the job and seems intoxicated, then they should be fired, right?

In brief: It depends

If a person's problems with alcohol spill over to their job, whereby one's functioning on the job us affected; you can be fired for poor job performance.
Otherwise, how would an employer know someone is an alcoholic? If one drinks on the job and seems intoxicated, then they should be fired, right?
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Without a contract

Yes, you can. You can be fired for your boss not liking the way you comb your hair, for that matter. Unless protected by a contract and/or a union, anything that interferes with your job can result in being fired.
What you cannot be fired for is being an alcoholic in recovery. That falls under americans with disabilities act and affords some protections. If you are drinking, you are not protected.

In brief: Without a contract

Yes, you can. You can be fired for your boss not liking the way you comb your hair, for that matter. Unless protected by a contract and/or a union, anything that interferes with your job can result in being fired.
What you cannot be fired for is being an alcoholic in recovery. That falls under americans with disabilities act and affords some protections. If you are drinking, you are not protected.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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