A Walmart drug store worker in Melbourne’s inner north is facing a backlash after her drug test results were labelled as positive for methamphetamine.
The worker is understood to have been testing for the drug at the drugstore last Thursday and is said to have reported the results to the company’s anti-doping team.
It is understood she did not know she had been caught, but the company did issue a public apology.
The spokesperson for Walmart said the worker’s test result was positive for the popular drug and that she was immediately suspended.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for any illegal drugs and this is the first time our testing process has detected any illegal substance,” the spokesperson said.
The worker has been placed on leave pending further investigation.
Walmart’s spokesperson said she was not aware she had tested positive until the company received her test results.
Walmart Australia spokesperson Lisa Dolan said in a statement: “We do not comment on individual cases.
We will continue to work closely with our team of experts to ensure our staff is safe and sound.”
The spokeswoman added that while there were many issues with testing at the store, “we are currently investigating the incident”.
Earlier this week, a Walmart worker in Perth tested positive for a banned substance at a store.
In another case, a man in Australia’s inner west was arrested on suspicion of possessing a banned drug after a Walmart employee in Sydney alerted police to a drug sample taken from him.
Marijuana was found in the man’s backpack and the sample tested positive.
A spokesman for Walmart’s anti drug team said it was investigating the drug sample.
Earlier in March, Walmart workers in Queensland were accused of drug use after testing positive for amphetamines and ecstasy at the supermarket.
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