Re: In Reference to Drug Testing

Subject: Re: In Reference to Drug Testing
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 12:32:57 -0400

Christi Carew wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: rhoggan -at- lewis -dot- com [mailto:rhoggan -at- lewis -dot- com]
> > Subject: In Reference to Drug Testing
> Hopefully I'll restrain myself from further postings, as I realize this is
> pretty OT. But for one last one...

I've been restraining myself, but...

> > I've read through all the responses to the OTHER test, and I
> > still can't
> > determine why people are so opposed to initial drug testing.
> Invasion of privacy.

Yes, that's the main issue all right.

This whole thread just horrifies me. I can see people feeling that
they have to agree to such invasive behaviour. Our families do need
to eat.

However, I find it almost impossible to see why anyone would imagine
that a company has any right to do this, or that any company that
abuses its employees in such ways might be a desirable employer.

Some people I know boycott such companies -- e.g. I once suggested
that a particular Motorola CPU might be useful in a design a colleague
was working on, and had the idea dismissed out of hand with some rather
colorful comment on Motorola's policies.

I certainly would not consider working for such a company unless I was
desparate and, if I did, I'd feel they'd already forfeited any claim
they might have had for loyalty or fairness in my treatment of them.
"letter of the law" is all they'd get.

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