In this paper I outline the ethical problems raised by a claim that employers may drug test employees in the name of productivity. I then look more widely at the issues involved in seeking productivity information for employment decisions, and sketch out the conflict between liberty and privacy interests. After reviewing some ideas on the ethical value of privacy, I offer some discussion of this conflict and raise questions on the nature of employment positions, as well as taking a brief look at some current New Zealand legislation in terms of the information protections it may provide for employees.
Scholes, V. (2005). Privacy and employment decisions. In Australasian Association for Philosophy (New Zealand Division), Dunedin, New Zealand.