11th Circ. Says Georgia-Pacific Drug Policy Open To Question

Law360 (November 23, 2020, 8:22 PM EST) -- An arbitrator could interpret Georgia-Pacific's zero-tolerance drug policy as lacking just cause to fire a union worker who tested positive for opiates, the Eleventh Circuit said, reversing an Alabama federal court's decision that the arbitrator overstepped his bounds with that decision.

A three-judge panel, in a per curiam opinion Friday, reversed and remanded a district court's decision that found Georgia-Pacific had the right to terminate Roger Irvin after he failed a drug test. That decision vacated an arbitrator's finding that the company had violated its collective bargaining agreement with the United Steelworkers, and ordered Irvin reinstated.

The Eleventh Circuit said the...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Attached Documents

Related Sections

Case Information

Case Title

Subscribers Only

Case Number

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Nature of Suit

Subscribers Only


Subscribers Only

Date Filed

Subscribers Only

Law Firms


Government Agencies

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!