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Commission Finds Employee Blood Tests Illegal

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—GERMANY

March 30, 2010

Stuttgart's state privacy office has warned automotive company Daimler that it is breaking the law by testing the blood and urine of all job applicants, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports. The privacy commission said that taking the blood of applicants broke the law because it could reveal private matters of no relevance to a future employer and would only be legal if used to avoid potential health dangers in the workplace. The commission has not imposed a fine on the company for the practice. Daimler, which had already agreed to restrict the tests to applicants for jobs where there is a health risk, has said it may challenge portions of the ruling.
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