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  •  Funny enough, I never got tested at the lower rung (5+ / 0-)

    This job will be paying twice in yearly salary what I've ever made.  No previous job has ever made me go through a drug test.  Background checks and credit checks, yes.  

    But the drug test is a first.

    The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

    by catwho on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:21:38 PM PDT

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    •  And the question is (15+ / 0-)

      why the hell do they need to do a credit check for a job?

      What it ALL boils down to ideological purity tests. All the Facebook snooping, Twitter spying, drug testing, credit checking. It's giving the employer cover to deny jobs to the people they don't approve of. Since the days of equal opportunity and vicl rights, employers have been searching for ways to do the same of discriminatory things and get around common decency. This is just a way to pretend they are doing "due diligence" while seeking to deny jobs to the people they would have discriminated against in the good old days when Billy-Bob got to be Vice President because Uncle Fester was drinking buddies with the Mayor.

      Does anyone think that Sarah Palin was ever asked to pee in a cup to get her job at Fox?

      This is all about looking for ways to deny you a job if they don't LIKE you, not because you aren't qualified but didn't pass the test.

      •  A couple of possibilities re the credit check (4+ / 0-)

        Creditors or collection agencies might harass the employee at work, affecting productivity.

        The employer is concerned/worried/paranoid about the possibility of employee theft to pay debts.

        And, if those hypothetical debts might possibly be "drug debts", then there's further justification for the drug test (in the employer's eyes).

        My own view is that, if they're going to test anybody, they ought to test everybody, right up to the top of the company.

      •  Why do they need this? They don't. (2+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean, catwho

        Nobody has shown any use for pre-employment credit checks. There are no correlations between bad credit and being a bad employee. No research of any sort supports the notion. This is just another bad idea that's spread through the business community, more "Who Moved My Cheese?"-style bull.

        They get away with it because there aren't any jobs out there. If the economy ever actually picks up again, they'll stop because there will actually be more competition for people than for jobs.

    •  The only job I had to have a drug test for... (2+ / 0-)
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      catwho, jfdunphy

      ...was for one in a brewery.

      I am not making this up.  

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 12:05:37 PM PDT

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