“A Chemical Indiscretion”
From Barabara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed:
“If it weren’t for the drug test, I might have stopped looking right then and there, but there has been a chemical indiscretion in recent weeks and I’m not at all sure I can pass my indiscretion involved the only drug usually detected by testing, marijuana” (125).
This passage made me lose a lot of respect for Ehrenreich. I am sorry, but what on earth is a 50 some year old woman doing taking marijuana? For the most part I found Ehrenreich to be reasonable, but this is ridiculous. She even seems to justify her behavior, acting like drug tests are unreasonable for employers to give. I’m afraid that I think it is perfectly reasonable for employers to give drug tests. Drugs can affect an employee’s ability to work. Why should they hire someone who has obviously used a drug at least once? If they’ve used it once, who says they don’t use it all the time? Ehrenreich’s little “indiscretion” made me doubt her judgment, and re-evaluate some of the claims she makes.