MANDATORY DRUG TESTING & EMPLOYMENT

 
 
 
 
MANDATORY DRUG TESTING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT; AN ETHICAL ISSUES ANALYSIS

This research analyzes, within the context of ethical issues, the concept of mandatory drug testing as a condition of employment. The term drug, as used in this research, refers to illegal substances, as opposed to alcohol, tobacco, or ethical drugseither prescription or overthecounter. The phrase, "as a condition of employment," implies that a favorable drug test would be required before an individual was employed by a firm. Additionally, however, "as a condition of employment" also implies that periodic workplace drug testing would be performed, and that unfavorable results from such tests could jeopardize an individual's employment status.

Mandatory drug testing, for whatever purpose, implies that such testing may be accomplished by means of coercion or force, as opposed to the voluntary submission by individuals to such testing. The mandatory aspect of a drug testing program, therefore, involves an individual's right to privacy and right to free choice in a more or less free society. Even if an individual is willing to voluntarily submit to drug testing, if such testing is mandatory, the individual's rights to privacy and free choice are involved. The obverse of individual rights in the instance of mandatory drug testing as a condition of employment includes both the rights of the larger society to public health and safety, and the rights of employers to exp

     
 
 
 
    

 

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