Thursday, June 16, 2011

ACLU v. Rick Scott on Drug-Testing

Getting sued has a way of changing a person's disposition. Rick Scott is no stranger to getting sued. As governor, Scott was hell bent on drug-testing state employees. After the ACLU filed suit Scott slammed on the brakes.

The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice until the American Civil Liberties Union obtained and circulated copies on Thursday.

The ACLU sued Scott last month in a federal court. It said mandating drug tests for workers who were not suspected of wrongdoing violated their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizure, and robbed them of due process.

"We are pleased that this new order has delayed subjecting thousands of state employees to demeaning, invasive and illegal tests of their bodily fluids," Randall Marshall, legal director for the ACLU of Florida, said in a statement.

"But it does not change our Constitutional challenge. Any government search without suspicion of drug use or not directly related to public safety is a violation of privacy protections and we will vigorously move ahead with our challenge."

Federal courts have ruled against wide spread drug testing of state workers. Scott is going to lose on this.

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