PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal judge in Pittsburgh
says United States Steel Corp. can randomly test new employees for drugs
and alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission which sued claiming a worker was fired when she falsely
tested positive for drinking because she was diabetic.
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer ruled
Wednesday that the tests were practical and fair because protective gear
worn at the company's Clairton Works makes it nearly impossible to
otherwise determine if an employee is impaired while doing very
The judge says newer workers may not realize the danger, making them more likely to show up for work under the influence.
The EEOC had sued to overturn the tests in October 2010.
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