Is Employee Drug Testing an Invasion of Privacy?

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

MIAMI (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Florida Gov. Rick Scott over ordering drug testing for all state employees, regardless of suspicion.

The ACLU says the measure is an overreach of the Republican governor's powers and intrudes into employees' private lives. Scott's order expands drug testing to all employees, not just those who drive, carry weapons or deal with children.

Scott's office defends the measure as a way to make sure the state is paying for a healthy and productive workforce. Spokeswoman Amy Graham says they are confident it will be upheld by the courts.

Alma Gonzalez, an employee for the state employees' union, says
testing will cost millions at a time of severe budget cuts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on Jun 1, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    I think it should be done. I don't think that it is a invasion of privacy. If you are working for the State then you need to be competent. Under the influances of drugs you are indangering your life as well as other lives.If you fail a drug test, if you can prove that you are under the care of a doctor every thing will be o.k. I don't see the problem unless you know it will interfer with you keeping your job because you are a dope head.
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