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Is it illegal to substitute urine on an employer's post accident drug test in New York state?

Middletown, NY |

I was the victim of an accident at work, someone hit ME, we were both drug tested and I showed a positive for THC. The guy who hit me passed. They told me I was suspended pending a laboratory follow up test of the same urine I gave that day. Today they called me and told me they "spilled my sample" and needed another. I have no reason to believe I will pass so I am thinking of smuggling in urine. Is this illegal? I am not trying to claim that I was hurt or collect workmen's comp, I just want to keep my job.

Additionally, they tested me post-accident with the door to the bathroom open-- is that legal?

Oh, and probably most importantly, it is a private company. I am not a government employee. I work in a warehouse, albeit a dangerous one...

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You will not find any lawyer on this forum who is going to advise you to cheat on a urine test, regardless of whether you can be prosecuted for it. In terms of whether they can leave the door open, that sounds like a necessary measure designed to prevent exactly what you are contemplating.

Feel free to contact me if you want. Dan Knauth // 212-317-1200. Answers to questions are meant to be general only, are not intended to be legal advice and do not create an attorney-client relationship. Answers to questions are based on NY law, and the laws of other states may create different rights and obligations.



I'm not asking anyone whether or not to do it. I asked if it was illegal. This is not helpful whatsoever.

Daniel Christopher Knauth

Daniel Christopher Knauth


I can live with that. Try a google search.


You should not do this under any circumstances. As for what is illegal and legal, it depends on your employee contract etc...

I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


It may be forgery if you are required to sign anything in connection with your urine sample. However, it is clearly unethical, and as others have stated you are posting on a public forum. Under no circumstances should you do this.


It sounds like you would benefit from an in person consultation with an attorney.

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Matisyahu Wolfberg
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