My name is
and this is my Urine Saga.
Letter to Paul Allair
a letter to Paul Allair,
CEO of Xerox
Corporation, turning down a
that I had been offered at
because of their pre-employment urine testing policy -- after
I had taken and passed the urine test. But it was not so easy -- the story
University of Maryland Health Center
Before I took Xerox's urine test, I wanted to make sure I would pass. So
I walked into the
University of Maryland Health Center,
and asked to have my urine tested for drugs. I was refered to
Urine Czar, who is in charge of the administration of urine tests.
But he would not let me piss in his bottle.
Here are my notes
from a discussion I had with Dan Calvin on April 16.
The next day, I discussed my encounter with Dan Calvin with the director
of the University of Maryland Health Center,
She was very helpful and understanding, and she arranged for
me to take my urine test that day (which I passed). She appreciated me telling
her about the problem, and she said that nobody else is going to have the
same problem I had.
Roche Labs, Bethesda Maryland.
The urine test I had to take for Xerox was administered by Roche Labs. The
way they treated me was utterly humiliating and prejudicial.
Here is the story
of why I'm pissed off at Roche Labs.
Xerox PARC Liked my Urine
Date: Wed, 2 May 90 17:32:26 -0700
From: Mark Weiser <mark@arisia.Xerox.COM>
Subject: you pass
Date: Wed, 2 May 90 17:01:40 PDT
Subject: Hopkins passes drug test
Xerox Medical emailed Mae this morning to say that Don Hopkins' drug test
result s were negative. I called and left a message for him at home.
At both urine tests I've taken (the practice test at the University of Maryland
Health Center, and the real drug screening test for Xerox at Bethesda Roche
Labs), the person in charge didn't want to let me submit to the test. Both
times, I had to ask their supervisors to override their decisions, appealing
for special permission to piss in a bottle. I was always forthright about
my belief that urine testing is a violation of my privacy, even though I
was compromising my principles and submitting to the test anyway.
The way I've been treated in both cases confirms my belief that urine tests
are intended to discourage people like me from even applying in the first
place. Unfortunatly Xerox didn't notify me of their drug testing policy
until after I had applied for the job, been accepted, and chosen a project.
Had I known about their drug testing policy in advance, I would have acted
on what I believe, by never applying to Xerox for employment.
The people who administer my drug tests treated me as if they didn't expect
people like me to ever submit to them, unless we're crazed criminals trying
to cheat our way into
urine sensative positions.
Anyone with the integrity to refuse a urine is in the same class as unqualified
applicants and drug abusers: unfit to work at Xerox. The only drug abusers
Xerox will employ are those unscrupulous enough to cheat on the test (which
is certainly possible despite the chain of custody procedure followed by
If you don't want you or your children to be treated this way, please help
end the drug war!