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Massachusetts’s Highest Court Rules that Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use Can Hold Employer Liable for Discrimination

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a groundbreaking decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled recently week that employees in Massachusetts who have a legal prescription for medical marijuana can sue their employers for disability...more

Refusal To Hire Medical Pot Users Just Got Riskier–At Least In Rhode Island

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, in Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Co., a Rhode Island Superior Court issued a unique decision regarding employer obligations to medical marijuana users....more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Finds Medical Marijuana Users Protected from Adverse Employment Action

Beginning when the first states legalized use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, employers began speculating whether legislatures and courts in those states would continue to permit employers to exclude...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

Massachusetts Employers May Have To Accommodate Use Of Medical Marijuana, Court Says

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that an employee’s use of medical marijuana to treat her disability may have to be reasonably accommodated under the state’s handicap discrimination law. In Barbuto...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Employee Can Pursue State Law Disability Discrimination Claim for Failure to Accommodate...

by BakerHostetler on

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded that an employee could sue her employers for state law disability discrimination for failing to accommodate her use of medical marijuana after she failed to...more

Claim Of Massachusetts Employee Fired For Medical Marijuana Use May Proceed, State High Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employee fired after she tested positive for marijuana on a test administered in the hiring process should be able to proceed with her “handicap discrimination” claim under Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination statute, the...more

Will Employers Be Forced To Accommodate Employees Who Test Positive For Marijuana?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On July 17, 2017 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination law an employer may be required to accommodate an employee who is a current user of medical marijuana regardless...more

Claim Of Massachusetts Employee Fired For Medical Marijuana Use May Proceed, State High Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employee fired after she tested positive for marijuana on a test administered in the hiring process should be able to proceed with her “handicap discrimination” claim under Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination statute, the...more

Cannabis at work: An update for employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The legalization of cannabis in California raises significant questions as to whether employers can enforce policies prohibiting cannabis use by employees. Recent California legislation provides employers with the right to do...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

Medical Marijuana: When A Positive Drug Test may Not Be Grounds To Fire An Employee

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a portentous opinion, Massachusetts’ highest court held that a medical marijuana patient terminated for failing a drug screening could state a claim for disability discrimination against her employer. Because many states’...more

Massachusetts High Court Allows Disability Discrimination Claims Of Medical Marijuana User To Proceed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision awaited by many in the industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a licensed medical marijuana user who was fired after testing positive for marijuana can proceed with claims under the state’s...more

Florida Enacts Law to Implement Provisions of its Medical Marijuana Amendment, but Significant Questions Remain for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill intended to implement provisions of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was approved by Florida voters last November (Amendment 2). The new law...more

Rhode Island Superior Court Rules on Job Applicant's Medical Marijuana Use

by Littler on

In a case of first impression in the state, the Rhode Island Superior Court recently ruled an employer is prohibited from refusing to hire a prospective employee because the employee would potentially fail a pre-employment...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Employer’s Refusal To Hire Medical Marijuana User Violates State Law, Rhode Island State Court Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers cannot refuse to hire a medical marijuana cardholder, even if the individual admittedly would not pass the employer’s pre-employment drug test required of all applicants, a Rhode Island state court has held under...more

Seventh Circuit Blazes Truck Driver’s Failure to Hire Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in favor of the employer on the plaintiff’s race discrimination and civil conspiracy claims where the employer did not hire the plaintiff after the plaintiff...more

New Oral Swab Technology Determines If Drivers Are High on the Highway

by Wilson Elser on

The California Legislature has yet to establish limits concerning cannabis consumption, following voters’ approval in November 2016 of Proposition 64, which allows recreational marijuana use....more

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if...more

West Virginia Employers Soon to Enjoy Greater Flexibility in Drug Testing Employees, Despite Enactment of Nation’s 29th Medical...

by Littler on

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed two bills – the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act – that dramatically change the landscape of West Virginia’s laws on medical marijuana...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: Employment & Labour

The pending legalization of non-medical cannabis raises a host of issues for employers. Upon passage of the new legislation, employers can expect to encounter difficult decisions relating to the appropriateness of drug...more

West Virginia Enacts Medical Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed legislation that legalizes the use of marijuana for medicinal uses on April 19, 2017. The new law, Senate Bill 386, known as “The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act,” permits patients...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

May Employers Weed Out Medical Marijuana Patients Through Drug Testing? Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Weigh In

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana laws in states across the nation has given rise to several lawsuits regarding an employer’s right to enforce anti-drug policies against employees who hold valid state-issued...more

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