Accused of Being High At Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about accused of being high:

Can my manager accuse me of being high, even though I do not smoke weed, and have never gotten high?

Signed, Wrongly Accused

Dear Wrongly Accused:

There are no laws or regulations about accusing an employee of being under the influence of drugs, but your company or business may have an HR section that has policies about such things. Often the policies of a company state how a manager can inform an employee of suspected wrong-doing and how an investigation will be conducted about it. You don’t say what happened or how all of this came about. It could be that your manager was using the idea of you being high as a way to say you are not focused on work, rather than a real accusation about using drugs. Or, something else may have led your manager to believe you were, in fact, under the influence of something.

The most important thing now is for you to know why your manager thought you were high and what is going to happen next. It’s crucial in situations like this to keep lines of communication open. I can well understand why it would make you frustrated, angry or frightened to be accused of something like that, without any proof. But, do your best to keep the approach of wanting to find out why your manager thought you were using drugs, how you can convince him or her that you weren’t, and how to move forward if you want to stay working there.Don’t let your upset feelings get in the way of being able to talk to your manager, HR or others about the situation. Best wishes with this frustrating situation.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.