Today, Wal-Mart announced a new drug testing policy, in which all employees will be offered a drug screening test and informed that they are only required to submit to a urine drug screen if they have a positive drug screen and are positive for drugs of abuse (i.e. THC). The policy applies to the more than 5,000 employees who work at the company.
Wal-Mart is one of the larger employers in the US, so the policy is somewhat surprising. That said, it’s not the first time Wal-Mart has been caught with some drug tests. In 2007, the company was forced to shut down its drug testing program after receiving complaints from employees. This is the second year that Wal-Mart has used drug tests in its workforce, and it is, to my knowledge, the first time the company has used them in its stores.
Well, it’s not really surprising. Last year, Wal-Mart’s drug testing program became a target of criticism when a group of employees filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the company was violating their privacy by notifying them about drug tests. The lawsuit was rejected by the court, but that was more than a little odd considering the company has a pretty strict policy.