Order allows woman to start Hawaii County legal clerk job

Order allows woman to start Hawaii County legal clerk job

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Kailua-Kona woman is starting work as a Hawaii County legal clerk after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order saying she doesn't have to submit a urine sample to begin her new job.

Hawaii County had told Rebekah Taylor-Failor to complete a urinalysis before starting work. The county says her drug test wasn't going to screen for drug use, but assess her health.

But the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled that requiring a urinalysis as a condition of employment would violate Taylor-Failor's Fourth Amendment rights.

His ruling allowed her to start work on Monday. Her lawsuit seeks to overturn the county's policy.

County assistant corporation counsel Laureen Martin says the county's long-standing policy mirrors policies at other public agencies around the state.

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