The American Civil Liberties Union is continuing its challenge this week of two Glendale policies that it contends infringe upon constitutional rights of privacy--fingerprinting of solicitors and drug testing of city job applicants and employees seeking promotion.
The ACLU on Monday filed papers in the state Court of Appeal seeking to overturn a lower-court decision allowing the City of Glendale to require fingerprints from door-to-door canvassers for the environmental group Greenpeace.
The brief, prepared by attorney Dean Hansell, asks the court to reverse an October ruling by Superior Court Judge Warren H. Deering and issue a preliminary injunction preventing Glendale from forcing solicitors for nonprofit groups from outside the city to submit to fingerprinting.
No date had been set for court arguments.
World War II-Era Law
The 42-year-old city law originally was designed to protect residents from World War II-era con artists claiming to represent charities and veterans organizations. Fingerprinting is not required for fund-raisers representing local charities, for canvassers who do not ask for money or for door-to-door salesmen.