Your situation appears to involve many issues, including whistleblower retaliation (see below), potential falsification of drug test results, harassment and something . . . I'm not sure what . . . for leaving you in Georgia. This situation needs an assessment of the specific facts. The Avvo board is not set up to handle the kind of detailed analysis needed to offer helpful guidance. Avvo works best for short, specific questions that allow for short, specific answers. Perhaps more importantly, anyone can read the discussions on Avvo so they are not confidential. The employer or whomever is involved in the dispute can read everything written here.
You might have a claim for whistleblower retaliation. Whistleblowers are employees who refuse to violate the law, or who report wrongdoing that harms the public or has the potential to harm the public. The wrongdoer can be a private employer, a private entity, a federal, state or local government, or another employee. Usually, but not always, the wrongdoing benefits the person or entity that engages in the wrongdoing. Harm to the public may be caused by inflated prices, dangerous products, environmental harm, and more.
Whistleblowers are protected by law. The purpose of whistleblower protection laws is to allow employees to report, stop or testify about this kind of wrongdoing, as a benefit to the public. Note that complaints about wrongdoing that only harm the employer itself are not protected by whistleblowing laws. Many whistleblower laws have a very short time period in which to file a claim. Please see my Avvo guide to whistleblowers for more information about whistleblowing: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/whistleblowers-and-their-rights?published=true.
I urge you to contact one or more experienced employment law attorneys with whom you can discuss the details of your situation. To find a plaintiffs employment attorney in California, please go to the web site of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). CELA is the largest and most influential bar association in the state for attorneys who represent working people. The web site is www.cela.org. Click on "Find a CELA Member" and you can search by location and practice area. Many CELA attorneys represent clients throughout the state.
I hope you can resolve your situation and wish you the best.
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Your post says you were fired for refusing to drive hazmat loads, but later you suggest you were terminated for a dirty drug test. If you have evidence of the fact that it was your refusal to unlawfully drive hazmat loads, you may well have a claim for wrongful termination. The question will be whether you can prove it.
While violating the true random nature of the drug testing might give rise to an invasion of privacy claim, it would not be a basis for wrongful termination, even if the test returned a false positive. An employer is allowed to terminate an employee based on a drug test, even if the test results were mistaken. Only if the test results were in fact falsified would there be a claim for wrongful termination, in addition to other possible claims. However, proving falsified drug test results will be a real uphill battle.
Good luck to you.
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