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Old 10-17-2011, 09:27 PM
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I'm not sure why this persistent claim that "most government employees are drug-tested" is being allowed to slide unchallenged.
I know many municipal, state, and government employees, and none of them have ever been drug-tested, except for the bus drivers.
On the other hand, I know people who have been subjected to both pre-employment and random drug-testing while working at grocery stores, corner convenience stores, factories, and restaurant franchises.

Basically, the closer one is to making minimum wage and the fewer benefits a job offers, the more likely it seems to be that it will drug-test its employees.
I guess it's the "beggars can't be choosers" principle; these employers know that anyone who would be forced to take an unskilled job without benefits that pays seven dollars an hour is really in no position to protest any of their terms or conditions.
I've been required to take a pre-employment drug test only once; that was for a job in a hospital cafeteria.

But, all that aside, I certainly have my doubts that "most government employees" are drug tested, under any circumstances.
As a former govt contractor, we were all drug tested prior to employment and had to consent to random tests. This was the case with the DoD and FEMA. And, the job I got with the FBI. (which was as an employee not a contractor)
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