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What did the note that your doctor provided say? Did it say that the medications you were taking could have created the false positives for methamphetamine and amphetamine? Did you ever let your employer know that you were taking a prescription drug for a medical condition?
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Unfortunately, it generally is not against the law to terminate an employee for a false positive drug test, even if the false positive can be explained by the employee's physician. This would ONLY be illegal if the false positive was caused by a drug the employee was taking for a medical disability. Then, the Americans With Disabilities Act would require the employer to "reasonably accommodate" the employee, possibly by overlooking the false positive as a byproduct of treating the employee's medical disability. Even this is not an iron clad argument, though, because if there is evidence to suggest the false positive was perhaps a legitimate positive, a disabled employee can be terminated for that result just like anyone else based on suspicion of illegal drug use.
Here, though, the analysis does not need to progress that far because you indicate that you were taking the pill that caused the false positive for weight loss. That would not generally be protected under the ADA and so, while unfair, an employer could terminate an employee due to a false positive which occurred for this reason. All you can do is attempt to reason with your employer and appeal your termination through HR. I wish there were better remedies, but I am of course limited to accurately and honestly explaining the law with respect to your situation. I hope you will appreciate my candor.
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