Bloomberg Law
May 2, 2022, 10:00 AM

Proposed Urine-Test Rule Change at DOT Fuels Privacy Concerns

Lillianna Byington
Lillianna Byington

Workers say a proposed change from the Transportation Department to drug testing rules could unfairly violate their privacy.

The administration is weighing whether to allow a licensed professional of any gender to observe a urine test for drugs. The proposal was included in a broader rule that’s mainly seeking to add saliva sampling to the transportation industry’s drug testing. The comments, pitting employers against employees, were due on the proposal by April 29.

“This proposal is a step backwards on gender self-identification policies during observed urine collection,” Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, said ...