California Government Code Section 3257

CA Govt Code § 3257 (2017)  

(a) A firefighter shall not be compelled to submit to a lie detector test against his or her will.

(1) Disciplinary action or other recrimination shall not be taken against a firefighter refusing to submit to a lie detector test.

(2) No comment shall be entered anywhere in the investigator’s notes or anywhere else that the firefighter refused to take, or did not take, a lie detector test.

(3) Testimony or evidence to the effect that the firefighter refused to take, or was subjected to, a lie detector test shall not be admissible at a subsequent hearing, trial, or proceeding, judicial or administrative.

(b) For the purpose of this section, “lie detector” means a polygraph, deceptograph, voice stress analyzer, psychological stress evaluator, or any other similar device, whether mechanical or electrical, that is used, or the results of which are used, for the purpose of rendering a diagnostic opinion regarding the honesty or dishonesty of an individual.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 591, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2008.)

Last modified: October 25, 2018