You need to talk with a local attorney for advice and direction on this matter. You need an attorney familiar with job related discharge and the CDL laws and regulations.
(CDL) Manual - Kentucky State Police
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I can tell this is an important issue for you. It sounds like this is how you provide for your family. Whether it is possible to fight it depends on the circumstances (and not just what is listed above) of your incident. Also, it is unclear whether you were charged with anything or whether you were driving when this test was administered. If this is purely an issue of something your work did, then I recommend you speak with a reputable employment attorney. I don't understand exactly why your cdl was suspended, that is to say under what process. So you may also want to speak with a traffic attorney that can listen to what happened and figure out who and what is involved. So, gather up all of the paperwork and information that you have on this issue and consult with an attorney. That is really the only way to get you a decent answer and possibly clear up the matter.
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Generally employers can fire employees for any reason whatsoever; so your options against the company may be limited. You may have additional rights for CDL; you have right to hearing on the issue and can contest it after given due process. You don't say who ordered the drug test and if you were convicted of anything.
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Very important that you contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case. Though an employer in an at-will employment situation does have a great deal of discretion in the decision to fire you, you are not completely without rights. When searching for an attorney in the Louisville area, you should focus that search on "employment law" attorneys. Best of luck.
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