"Treasures" sounds like something Johnny Depp was looking for in "Pirates of the Caribbean." But locals may know it as a place where Depp or any other single man can go to look for some late-night adult entertainment.
The famous strip club in Houston has run into some trouble with the law recently, but thanks to a judge the club will stay open as long as it sticks to some new conditions, according to KHOU-TV. Some of the conditions include firing any employee who is convicted of a felony, instituting random employee drug tests, and installing extra security cameras so city attorneys can review the video.
Do these conditions constitute an intrusion on employees' privacy?
As much as being at work seems like you are out in public, you actually do have rights to privacy while you are there.
In general, the privacy rights you have at work are based on the idea that an employer has a right to know and control what's going on in the workplace. This means employers can search your workspace or read your emails as long as it pertains to running the business.
The same applies to drug testing during employment. If the job requires a high degree of safety or degree of focus, or if there is suspicion of drug use, then drug testing at work is OK. However, federal employees are required by law to be drug-free, thus giving federal employers the right to give post-hiring drug tests.
Here, since the drug testing is court-mandated, there isn't really a question of whether there is a problem with the employer following through with the order. Even without the court order, Treasures would arguably be allowed to require employee drug testing based on the many reports of drug use in the club.
If you feel that drug tests at work are invading your privacy, you can contact a Houston employment lawyer to discuss your options. You can also post a question to FindLaw Answers' employment law message board, where you can usually get an answer to your legal issue within 24 hours.
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