How Employee Drug Testing Targets the Poor and Minorities (Institutionalized Racism)
Drug testing occurs more often in workplaces where racial and ethnic minorities are employed, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine. The study appears online in the Early View of the American Journal on Addictions.
The prevalence of workplace drug testing for current and new employees has been increasing since the 1980s. Research a decade ago demonstrated increased reports of workplace drug testing among non-white workers and by employees in certain “blue-collar” professions. The Yale research team’s objective was to discover if such discrepancies persist, and if so, among which ethnicities, income levels, and occupations.
Among the findings:
48.2% were employed in a workplace that performs drug testing;
Nearly half of these were individuals aged 18 to 25;
63% of black workers were employed in a workplace that performs drug testing, whereas only 46% of white workers were;
54% of blue collar employees were employed in a workplace that performs drug testing, but only 44% of white collar employees were;
71% reported working in large companies, defined as 100 or more employees.
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