What Does Reasonable Suspicion Mean?
Reasonable suspicion, in general, refers to a suspicion based on a combination of specific facts and rational inferences. As a legal standard of proof, reasonable suspicion requires less certainty than the legal probable cause standard, but must be more defined than a hunch. Reasonable suspicion for a drug test, according to the, Department of Transportation regulations means that a trained supervisor has reason to suspect that an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A supervisor's observations must be specific and contemporaneous, and lead to an objective belief that the employee has used a prohibited substance.