Washington, DC asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Massachusetts

Q: When entering a Federal facility is a random search of employees' cars legal?

In a random unannounced search of cars entering a Federal work facility, a small amount of marijuana was found and the employee is facing termination due to the regulations barring Federal employees from using recreational substances, either on or off the clock. There was no probably cause, no warrants and no signage posted to indicate random searches.

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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  • San Jose, CA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: It depends on what type of facility we're talking about (e.g., if a federal prison or a maximum security location, then quite possibly a random search is acceptable), and what type of contractual employment agreements the employee made with the employer re: random drug searches. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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