Requiring an Employee to Undergo a Psychological Test as a Condition of Employment Does Not Violate the Fourth Amendment Because Such Tests Do Not Constitute a "Search"

Greenawalt v. Indiana Dep't of Corr., 397 F.3d 587 (7th Cir. 2005)

Psychological examinations are required as a condition of employment in a number of fields. Because the exams may explore relatively private and sensitive matters, various employees have filed lawsuits to exempt them from such requirements.  In Indiana, a research analyst objected when officials with the Indiana Department of Corrections told her that to keep her job she would have to submit to a psychological exam.  The test lasted two hours and was acknowledged to inquire into details of her personal life.  The research analyst filed a federal claim that the test by state officers violated her Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government...

Found in DMHL Volume 24 Issue 2