Friday, May 29, 2009

Decision protects injured educators from bogus drug allegations

Baton Rouge educators won a big victory in court this week. For years, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has required teachers and school employees who were injured on the job to submit to a drug test. Even if their injuries were sustained in an attack by students. Even if there was absolutely no reason to suspect drug abuse was a factor.

If you were hurt, your first obligation was to fill the little plastic bottle.

It was wrong on so many levels. Most importantly, it was illegal - the case had been decided in court, but in another jurisdiction. Because the decision wasn't rendered in a Baton Rouge district court, the board felt justified in continuing the practice.

So even though the result was pretty much a foregone conclusion, the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers and the American Civil Liberties Union were forced to file suit.

This week, the suit was decided in favor of the Federation.

Advocate reporter Bill Lodge has the story here.

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