1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion"
hypocrisy - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Smoking marijuana is illegal.
Speeding on the road is illegal.
If you test for marijuana on the sole basis that it's illegal, but you don't test for speeding tickets on the same basis, that is hypocritical. If you test for marijuana on the sole basis of safety or cognitive fitness, but you don't test for alcohol on the same basis, that is hypocritical. Quite simply, if you selectively apply an arbitrary standard to marijuana that you don't also consistently apply to similar* activities, that is hypocritical. And yes, it's discriminatory too.
*If you can show why (for the purposes of common employment) marijuana and speeding aren't similar, or that marijuana and alcohol aren't similar, then you could disprove my assertion of hypocrisy. But I don't see any logical reason why they should be treated any differently.
Ad-hominem ignored.Originally Posted by TOJ
I'm strictly pointing out that your characterization of this as 'hypocrisy' is incorrect.
Your argument is that companies are hypocritical by not applying the same standard to alcohol that they apply to marijuana. That simply isn't a case of hypocrisy. One is legal. The other is not. And even if that distinction didn't exist... the charge of hypocrisy wouldn't fly. If a company instituted a drug testing program for illegal opiates, but not illegal hallucinogens, and stated that as their policy... that would not be hypocritical.
Testing for marijuana out of safety reasons, but not testing for alcohol.
Testing for marijuana out of legal reasons, but not checking for parking tickets.
Testing for marijuana out of safety reasons, but not checking for parking tickets.
Testing for marijuana out of legal reasons, but not testing for alcohol.
Maybe hypocrisy is the wrong term, and "double-standard" is more appropriate? Even though I think they are close cousins of each other in the end.
What would be a better example of hypocrisy then?
Last edited by Binary_Digit; 04-07-09 at 11:56 PM.
In the case of drug testing... it would be a double-standard if they tested all employees for drugs, with the exception of executives. One standard for one group. A different standard for another group. That's a double standard.
A better example of hypocrisy would be a company that stated 'We have zero tolerance for cocaine usage and will fire any employee who tests positive for cocaine,' which then knowingly hires cocaine addicts. That would be hypocrisy.Originally Posted by Binary_Digit
We don't want the potiential problems and, in our case, have no reason to take the risk.