by Jacki Mick
Here's a scenario for you: you own an adult superstore and over $6000 worth of leather and lace and lingerie goes missing. What do you do?
Well, in the case of Tony Panzino, owner of Premier Couples Superstore, you force every single one of your employees to take a polygraph test. And if they refuse to take the test? You fire them. Out of Panzino's ten employees that took the lie detector test, only one failed, Amitra Alexander. Alexander was subsequently fired and is now suing, claiming that Panzino violated "a law that prohibits most private employers from using lie detector tests."
The Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) only allows the use of polygraphs on the employees of private firms if the employees "are reasonably suspected of involvement in a workplace incident that resulted in specific economic loss or injury to the employer." The documentation is pretty hefty and the employers must give written notice to the employee in accordance with the EPPA. Alexander states she was only given a one-page "48-hour notice" document from Panzino.
In her lawsuit, Alexander asks for the standard. You know, lost wages, damages, normal stuff. But what kills me is that she wants her old job back. Yeah, it'll be a jolly good time to work for a guy who suspected you of stealing.