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The Nation : U.S. Drug Testing of Employees Upheld

October 01, 1987

A federal judge upheld the Transportation Department's random drug testing of an estimated 30,000 employees with safety responsibilities, saying the department's testing program is reasonable. U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell also ordered in Washington that the department keep detailed records of each random test and any subsequent personnel action because of possible additional court challenges. Testing began Sept. 11, with 50 employees selected by computer and told to submit urine samples, in the federal government's first widespread random drug testing of civilian employees.

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