Discussion Topic: "Corporate drug testing of both current and prospective employees is ethical." Discuss your position on this ethical issue with your group, and use some of the following questions to help direct the discussion.
by Nicolas Philippou
Where has privacy gone, one of our more fundamental rights? Where is the respect that the human beings deserve? They entered our houses and our lives (through the use of credit card buying history and cookies in our computers, companies know almost everything about us), they entered in our minds when they electronically monitor us at work. And now they want to entered our bodies as well. Why do we have to sacrifice so much in the name of productivity or profit? Why to we have to give a part of our selves, whether this is a sample of blood, a though, a habit? Private life should remain private. Unless it affects the productivity and nature of work, nobody has the right in advance to deprive you of that. What if in a few years the technology will allow as to monitor every cornet of our planet? Are we going to accept that just to make earth a place where nobody will be able to do "wrong"? It seams to me, like the employees are always the enemy of the company's interests and those of the shareholders, and so the companies must continuously come with new ways to protect themselves.
by Samuel Lex
Like Sungho, I was tasked with taking a stand against corporate drug testing. Prior to this assignment, I was completely in favor of it. I still am in favor of it but I now realize that there are certain limitations.
by Thierry Forin
Drug testing... Drug, what do we mean by drug?
by Sungho Ko
Our team presented in class that drug testing could not detect use of drug properly.
by Brenda Mikeo
While I can see the value of drug testing in certain industries and for certain jobs that are closely related to the safety of others (pilot, truck driver, etc.), I think in general it is wrong. As Sungho wrote, the rate of false positives is very high. And even though many drugs are illegal, is it the corporation's duty to enforce the law? Corporations do not administer tests for other illegal activities. I think that evaluation based on performance only is the best way to judge an employee's contribution to a company.
by Shibani Chakravorti
I totally agree to what Brenda wrote about when drug testing is OK, whereas when it is not. Besides just the issue of false positives, there is also the issue of detecting pregnancy. Now many of us know that once a woman is detected positive with pregnancy in the workplace, many things affect her evaluation. Therefore, I really am against drug testing unless it is really really needed for a specific job, or creates a safe work environment (like the case of a pilot etc.).
by Chuan-Yen Hu
The news media covered a lot of the drug problem in Madison fire department during the last several weeks. In front of such news, do you still think we live in a fully funtional society? Does the fire seem to be more dangeous to us? Do you still think drug test is not necessary?
by Shengying Xu
I presented in class that drug testing is ethical. My personal opinion holds the same. However, I do agree with what the second group pointed out that currently, many companies use drug testing irresponsibly. For example, they use it for pregnancy test to exclude pregnant women. For those specific irrsponsible behaviors, I believe it to be unethical. But the false practice of drug testing does not hurt the fundamental argument of the overall drug testing being ethical.
by Kris Scheihing
I personally do not feel that it is unethical to test for drugs in the workplace. Afterall, it is illegal to use drugs. Whether the employee is a casual user or an addict, he/she knows the risks involved with using drugs and has chosen to use them anyway. If an employee uses drugs and causes harm to other people or to property while he/she is at work, the company will be held liable. Drug testing can be viewed as a form of insurance to protect from liablitiy.
by Allan Jeong
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