JKTex wrote:And who says an employer can search your car whenever they want? How do they know what is in your car and why would you allow them to search it?
If you work for a large company—larger than a single-owner business—they probably will "request" that you sign a statement of policy as a condition of employment. I say "request" in quotation marks because if you decline the request, they don't hire you.
If the company has a closed campus with employee parking on the campus, it most likely will include a statement that the management can demand to search your car, and refusing is grounds for immediate dismissal.
I have worked for three large companies at five locations, all of which had this kind of provision. All were surrounded by highways and had no place to park off-campus. Parking off-campus and walking to the office or plant would have involved at least a half-mile walk and made the person doing it very obvious to security personnel.
Companies that perform these searches usually do so because of suspicion of drug or alcohol use or theft. Sometimes these suspicions are valid. Sometimes they are based on rumors spread by malicious coworkers. Sometimes they are based on an employee running his mouth—which some people seemingly cannot resist.
If that's not enough, they can call the cops and get out the "drug-sniffing" dogs. Then they have probable cause for a LEO to search your car.
If an employer feels they have that power, what else will you let them do to you?
- no smoking—including in some cases outside of work
- random drug tests
- no consumption of alcohol
- no romantic relationships with other employees
- no personal phone calls on company time—including on your personally owned mobile phone
- no personal e-mail or web surfing on the company network
- no personal business on company time or while using a company-owned vehicle
- wearing an ugly uniform and other dress codes
- using required safety equipment
There's an old saying, he who pays the piper calls the tune.