Monday, January 24, 2011

Supreme Court Rules Background Checks Appropriate for NASA Lab Workers

Workforce Management
January 20, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 19 that background checks for government contract workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory—including questions in the background checks about use of illegal drugs—do not violate the workers’ right to information privacy.
A group of 28 contract workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, sued arguing the background checks violated their right to privacy. The contract workers were hired at a time before such background checks were required.
A presidential order later required the checks, and the workers were asked to undergo them. The workers then filed a lawsuit.

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