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Drug Screening Rights

Written by Sierra Rein
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Many people are nervous right now, due to the rumors flying around about how there are no drug screening rights allowed to citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Federal Government, along with union leaders such as the ACLU and laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, have laid out very specific guidelines regarding the rights to privacy that every American citizen should know about.

When it comes to employment, businesses have the right to test an applicant, providing they are close to offering the job. If a positive test arises, the applicant should have the right to know about it, in the event that it proves to be a false positive. He or she can then retest, depending on the time frame that the business policy allows.

Drug Screening Rights in the Schoolyard

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that students involved in extracurricular activities (such as high school sports) can be randomly or regularly tested for drugs. In the past year, the controversies surrounding non-athletic drug testing has increased talk and conversation regarding the rights of the student vs. the need to create a drug-free scholastic environment. Indeed, many private schools perform drug screening before large school events such as dances, sporting events, and graduations, and penalize positive results by rejecting involvement.

If you come across a drug screening experience which you believe has violated your personal or legal drug screening rights, don't sit on your feelings! Instead, contact a legal drug advocate or union representative to discuss the specifics of your case. You may be able to sue or ask for damages from your employer, especially if you are fired from mishandled or mistaken tests.


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