From News Service of Florida
Hours after arguing another drug testing case before a federal appellate court in Atlanta, the ACLU of Florida announced Thursday it has filed a separate federal lawsuit in Pensacola for a DeFuniak Springs employee fired for refusing to take a random drug test required by the city.
Filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, the lawsuit challenges a 2010 city ordinance that requires city employees to submit to random urine tests in order to keep their jobs.
When his name came up in September for random testing, City Planner Greg Scoville declined to participate, according to the complaint. He was fired in September.
"Working for the government does not mean you surrender your constitutional rights for that privilege,” said ACLU staff attorney Benjamin Stevenson, in a statement Thursday. “While some private employers may not hold themselves to the same standards, the U.S. Constitution protects us from government intrusions, so when your employer is the government, the Constitution applies at the work place too."