Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ACLU, Workers Question State Drug-Testing Mandate

From The Famuan:
One civil liberty group questions the constitutionality of Florida's new drug-testing mandate for state employees and plans to challenge Gov. Rick Scott's Executive Order 11-58 in court.

Opponents call mandatory pre-employment and unannounced, quarterly drug-testing a costly invasion of privacy in a state that has faced sweeping budget cuts since Scott entered office this year. Testing the more than 150,000 state workers each quarter will cost at least $23.5 million, according to The FAMUAN's research.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Richard Flamm, a scientist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, filed a lawsuit in Miami this month along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) – a civil servant's union - challenging the validity of rehashing an outdated law to screen workers for unnamed drugs.

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