Jordan Peterson is in Rehab. Why HR and Managers Should Take Note

by Evil HR Lady on September 23, 2019

Psychologist and Professor Jordan Peterson rose to fame for his battle against forced speech but gained a following with his guidance on how to live your life. His book, 12 Rules for Life, sold millions of copies. And, so some people are smug when they learned that he had checked himself into rehab for clonazepam addiction.

klonopin withdrawal is one of the worst feelings in the world, so i’m happy to hear jordan peterson is going through it. suffer bitch https://t.co/RZD2xI4lwS— Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) September 20, 2019

 Mikhaila​ Peterson, Peterson’s daughter, said, in a YouTube video, that he started taking this medication to deal with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Doctors prescribed this medication, and Peterson became addicted. He’s now seeking treatment. (His wife, Tammy Roberts, is doing fine.) Peterson is a Canadian, although he was admitted to rehab somewhere in New York. But, this is what you would need to know if he was your employee in the United States.

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SUSANH PEREZ-MOLINA September 23, 2019 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for sharing this post! I appreciate your balance and good writing in all your post!

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Shirley September 25, 2019 at 5:26 pm

I think Jordon Peterson is a remarkable man with so much knowledge skills,I think people should stop judging him he is struggling himself with emotions concerning people who are dear to him,at least he booked himself into rehab to get sorted that takes courage,well done to him also hope once he gets the help needed he will be back to the educated man he is. Best wishes to him and his family.

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grannybunny September 23, 2019 at 6:43 pm

It should be noted that — were Peterson, instead, currently using illegal drugs (and not a legally-prescribed one) — he would not be considered an individual with a disability, for purposes of protection under the ADAAA or the Rehabilitation Act. Once an addict, however, enters rehab and quits actively using the illegal substance upon which they are dependent, they can be considered an individual with a disability, based on a history of drug addiction.

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Total September 24, 2019 at 2:56 am

That’s an odd way of describing Jordan Peterson, and a real hand waving past reasons why people might find him highly problematic.

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Bobboccio September 24, 2019 at 4:23 pm

I am not sure the article is about why people might potentially find him problematic. More like, How to handle an employee in rehab

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Evil HR Lady September 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm

Total, because regardless of whether you agree or disagree with him, your employees are entitled to protection for addiction if they seek treatment.

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Total September 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm

I understand what the article is about, but as far as I can tell the tweet you quote is from neither an employer or HR person connected with Peterson. And your lead-in sentence “And so some people are smug…” implies it’s because he’s sold millions of copies. It’s actually about much more serious issues with Peterson than whether he’s written a self-help book, like the fact that among other things he thinks that mass shooters are sexually frustrated and that the cure is enforced monogamy.

*That’s* what you’re handwaving past.

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James September 24, 2019 at 7:12 pm

How does ANY of that bear upon the question “How should a company treat employees in rehab”? If it does not, what place does it have in this conversation?

FYI, I strongly disagree with many of Peterson’s views.

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Total September 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm

@James, If I were objecting to that part of the article, your question would be relevant.

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Jams September 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

Since “that part of the article” consists of the issue, conclusion, reasons, and assumptions, I’m frankly at a loss for why you think your objections are relevant to this article.

Think of it this way: Would it change anything about her argument if she’d used someone else as her example? An actor, maybe? A political aide? Her own child? The answer is no, it would not. Ergo, a discussion of Peterson’s views is irrelevant. The relevant part is that he’s a famous person who triggered this issue.

Rico Jones Fernandez September 24, 2019 at 11:42 pm

Out of context

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Don Gaughan September 25, 2019 at 8:07 am

When quotes are taken out of context to misrepresent a person’s character, and the quoter belongs to a faction that aggressively demonizes any citizen that dares disagree with them but inflict particular venomous hate and degradation on increasingly popular ones like Dr Peterson,
… I think the quoter here has the real reality problem.
A Human Resource

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Brad October 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

You’re just a liar.

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Hmmm September 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

This is great information.
What I am wondering is if you have an employee who has an addiction but is not taking FMLA to work on the problem and is severely under performing in their job duties. How do you navigate this so you don’t get in trouble for violating ADA guidelines? At what point can you fire them for not doing their job?

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Arbiter September 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

They are not protected by ADA guidelines until they’ve decided to get help for their addiction. Job performance is job performance, just like for everyone else.

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PAUL shkolnik September 25, 2019 at 1:07 am

MrJordan Peterson I wish you all the best in your recovery
As Jews say may you have a full Recovery
I’m happy that your companion in life is getting better
I think 12 rules for life is just a very big banana
I will tell you what is a banana when you and I are just same stage
I do admire you, I think you’re a wonderful banana salesman
Yes life is full of bananas and you just added one big one
I will use your Fame to make myself famous

Author of “My de-bananed life”
Paul Shkolnik

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Keith Jackson September 25, 2019 at 6:52 am

I wish him success. I don’t want anyone to suffer, especially with an addiction issue. I hope he has a strong, meaningful recovery.

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Luke September 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

Fulton J. Sheen

We all should acknowledge that Jordon B Peterson is going to find out that God is with him and that at least he acknowledges the presence of the Devil today, as ‘those who do not believe in him (Devil) are already on his side’.

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