Commuter train operator fired after violating drug policy

Worker runs a red light, tests positive for drug use
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/18/2014

Gary McMillan was fired after he fell off the wagon and onto the driver’s seat of a speeding train.

McMillan — a commuter train operator for the Canadian National Railway Company — was dismissed in relation to his failure to comply with CN’s drug and alcohol policy. On May 6, 2013, McMillan tested positive for drugs. Following an investigation he was suspended for 90 days and subsequently fired on June 12, 2013.

A 23-year veteran, McMillan sustained two workplace injuries in the 1990s. As a result he was prescribed painkillers — including opioid painkillers — which led to oxycontin dependence.