Drug Test Lawsuits in Legal States
Americans are starting to put cannabis legalization to the test, alleging that employers have infringed on their rights to lawful use by discriminating against MMJ cardholders in the workplace.
Even though cannabis is legal (to a degree) in 29 states and DC, employers throughout the US continue to drug test before hiring and during employment. There are many legitimate reasons why government and private employers need to test for the presence of drugs. For example, in safety-sensitive positions involving heavy machinery or driving vehicles, it’s extremely important that employees not be under the influence of substances that can cause impairment. Marijuana legalization did not automatically trigger changes that would prevent employers from drug testing for the newly-legal substance. In fact, while all state medical and recreational marijuana laws protect the use of marijuana by adults, most state marijuana laws did not add explicit protections for marijuana users against workplace discrimination.
Now, people around the US are starting to put these new laws to the test, alleging that employers have infringed on their rights to lawful use by discriminating against them in the workplace...
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