Privacy in the Workplace

Archive Report

More Drug and Lie Tests

Increased Job Screening and Monitoring

When it recommended March 3 that tens of millions of working Americans be tested for evidence of drug abuse, the President's Commission on Organized Crime1 added fuel to a controversy that is surfacing in workplaces across the country. The commission's call for “suitable” and “appropriate” tests on employees of the federal government and its contractors—as well as workers in the private sector and state and local governments—marked the most dramatic step yet in the growing movement to combat illegal drugs by threatening users with the possibility of losing their jobs. “The war against drugs will not be won until people stop using them,” the commission said.

Faced with a barrage of criticism from Congress and civil libertarians, ...

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