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High Court Permits NASA Worker Background Checks

Law360 (January 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the federal government to conduct background checks that ask employees drug-related and open-ended questions.

The high court unanimously reversed a federal appeals court’s injunction barring the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from inquiring about whether California scientists have received drug counseling and other personal information, finding the challenged portions of the background checks did not violate employees’ constitutional privacy rights.

“We reject the argument that the government, when it requests job-related personal information in an employment...
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