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Transportation Industries & Drug Testing
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Amtrak’s Colonial, with 616 passengers aboard, was traveling at 105 miles an hour when it piled into a string of Conrail freight engines heading toward Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Fifteen people were killed and another 176 injured—the worst accident in Amtrak’s history. Federal investigators said they were focusing on two possible reasons why the trains ended up on the same track: a warning whistle was disabled, and a bulb was missing from a critical signal light in the Colonial’s cab. Within days, though, Dr. Delbert J. Lacefield, chief of the Federal Aviation Administration’s forensic toxicology unit working under contract to the Federal Railroad Association, announced that he had found THC in the blood of two members of the freight train’s crew. THC… Read More
Drug Testing In House Could Stir Lawsuits
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Lawmakers who want their staff members and other Capitol Hill workers randomly tested for drugs could face a flurry of lawsuits because of prior court decisions affecting drug testing in the executive branch, the Hill reports. “If there were a random drug testing program that included me, I would consider a lawsuit,” Robert Raben, minority counsel to two House Judiciary subcommittees, told the newspaper. In interviews, several House aides who work on policy matters privately echoed him, though most declined to speak on the record. Under a House rule adopted recently, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Republican of Georgia, is creating a program for drug testing that resembles that used by the executive branch. It could be months before the House finally… Read More
Home Drug Test Raises Red Flags
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Tuesday’s announcement that the FDA gave its first stamp of approval to a home drug-testing kit has raised red flags in the minds of health care professionals. The product, “Dr. Brown’s Home Drug Testing System,” is being marketed by a Maryland psychologist, Theodore Brown, who told The Washington Post that his invention is “good for America.” Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala hailed the test as giving “parents another option … to help ensure that their children remain drug-free.” Psychiatrist Eugene Schoenfeld, who has served as an expert witness in many civil and criminal drug cases, disagrees. “This is a case of someone who sees an opportunity to make some bucks by selling this stuff to frightened parents,”… Read More
American Airlines Sued For Discriminatory Employment Practices
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American Airlines is being sued by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly discriminating against job applicants by asking illegal medical questions. The lawsuit, filed by the EEOC on 26 September in Providence, Rhode Island, states that American Airlines refused to hire a qualified applicant for a ramp clerk and cabin cleaner position because of the person’s mental disability. The disability was apparently discovered during improper questioning by the airline’s medical department during a drug test. The EEOC claims that this method of questioning was often also used to deny other applicants work according to Reuters. The lawsuit is seeking back wages, compensatory damages for the job applicant and other disabled individuals, punitive damages as well as a… Read More
Unions To Fight For Sacked Non-Unionised Flight-Attendant
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Two flights attendants unions have taken up the case of a non-unionised flight attendant at Delta Air Lines who was fired after the airline alleged she provided a “substitute” urine sample during a random drug test. Yasuko Ishikawa has denied the allegation, saying that she was mostly vegetarian, weighed less than 100 pounds and had drunk a lot of water before the sample, which she maintains was legitimate. Ishikawa also said that a test she got done privately after the incident was also “dilute,” (showed low levels of creatinine, the metabolite found in urine) like the one taken by Delta Air Lines and did not show any signs of drugs. Ishikawa’s case has now been taken up by both the… Read More
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