LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An arbitrator has ordered a state of Michigan employee back on the job, months after he was dismissed for failing to provide urine for a drug test.
Ron Koonter of Grand Ledge says he has a condition known as "shy bladder syndrome," which restricts his ability to produce urine on demand. Arbitrator Bruce Lillie said Thursday there's no evidence that the 44-year-old electrician tried to avoid the test.
Lillie says Koonter drank water and had asked for more but was turned down last October. Koonter is tested for drugs because he has a commercial driver's license.
He was awarded back pay and reinstatement. Spokesman Jeff Cranson says the Transportation Department is "happy to abide by the ruling." Koonter's union, the Michigan State Employees Association, says "right always prevails."