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A bus driver has won a claim for unfair dismissal after he was sacked for failing a drugs test.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Alan Bailes was fired for gross misconduct by First Bus after 22 years in the job when he failed a saliva test at work in March 2012 He had handled large amounts of cash on the day he was asked to take a saliva test at work to check for drugs. He was found to be positive, but had a plausible excuse as research suggests that many bank notes are contaminated with cocaine.

At his own expense, Mr Bailes provided a hair specimen covering a history of 90 days and the result was negative for cocaine and its metabolites. Despite this new independent evidence, First Bus refused to reinstate Mr Bailes. See full report here.


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