I have been employed by the railroad since 1999. In 2004 i was sent, by the railroad, to a rehab. I was put on suboxone and was discharged on the medication. The railroad let me go back to work in 2004 after the rehab, and i was on the suboxone. I went to locomotive engineer school in 2005, and was a locomotive engineer until 2009. I relapsed in july 2009, and was sent back to rehab, and have completed everything, and still on suboxone. I have been off work since july 2009 and was recently told i could come back. I took a drug
test, which obviously showed the suboxone, and i provided a script for proof. My doctor has monitored me the entire time i have been on this medication and has told me that she doesn't see any reason why i couldn't work as a locomotive engineer. She understands that it is considered a "safety
sensitive position" and she will provide me with any verification needed to return to work. I don't know what rights i have, but i feel that i have shown my ability to work while taking this medication. Being employed, and accident/injury free, for 5 1/2 as a locomotive engineer, while on this medication, i would think shows that this doesn't put a burden on my ability to perform my duties. Why would it be ok to take for several years and then all of a sudden they claim i can't be on it. I am not turning anyone it, but i know several people that i work with at the railroad that are on this medication. I was told by several people that this might fall under the ADA
, since my disability doesn't restrict me from doing anything. I am willing to hire an attorney, if there is a possibility of me being able to fight for my job back. I am in the drug and alcohol program at my job, norfolk southern railway, and my most recent test showed the suboxone and something else that she said isn't a big deal, Meprobromate, a muscle relaxer. I have been employed by norfolk southern since 1999 and don't want to lose all of the benefits that i would have. I am currently employed as a maintenance technician at another job, but really want to return to the railroad. From what i understand, the FRA doesn't have any information, that i can find, that prohibits this medication. Would there be something that my doctor could do to help me in this situation?