HR Strange But True!
March 09, 2006

A writer of television crime dramas may someday capture the case of the Urine in the Toolbox in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The scene: The Building Operations Department of Woman's Hospital

The offense: Office Prank

The modus operandi: Placing Urine in a Co-Worker's Toolbox

The culprit: Unknown

The Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge is investigating who placed urine in a worker's toolbox while he was on leave. To find the culprit, the hospital is spending $25,000 to conduct DNA tests on 25 employees, the television station WASB in Baton Rouge reports.

"We checked with our legal counsel first ... and this is the next step in using technology to help solve a workplace incident," Stan Shelton, vice president of HR at the hospital, tells the news station.

Shelton says the DNA tests would be used only to find whose urine was in the toolbox.

The hospital first sent a memo to employees in the department warning them that hospital would conduct DNA testing if no one stepped forward and admitted to being the culprit. The hospital says the 25 employees face termination if they refuse to agree to the DNA tests, which will be conducted using cotton swabs.

While the hospital says it's within its rights to conduct DNA tests, attorney Jill Craft tells WASB that she believes such DNA tests violate workers' privacy.

Source: WASB

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