Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro has ruled that Governor Rick Scottâ€™s order requiring drug testing for state workers is unconstitutional.
Judge Ungaro said the blanket testing of 85,000 workers violated the Constitutionâ€™s ban on unreasonable search and seizures contained in the Fourth Amendment. The ruling could eventually impact another Scott law to permit random worker drug testing.
This was a no-brainer (although that didn’t necessarily mean that I wasn’t worried about the possibility of a bad decision).
Unfortunately, since the Constitution only limits the powers of government, private employers are not bound by this, so they can still require drug testing. But at least this keeps the universality of workplace drug-testing partially at bay.
Governor Scott plans to appeal the decision:
â€œAs I have repeatedly explained, I believe that drug testing employees is a common sense means of ensuring a docile and subservient citizenry, where troublemakers who question government or notice its corruption can be easily disemployed.”
[No, that’s not what Scott said, but it makes as much sense.]