You can be fired for using medical marijuana

It turns out that you can be fired for legally using medical marijuana in Washington state.  The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Teletech Customer Care, a Colorado-based firm that handles customer service for Sprint from its Bremerton facility, was allowed to fire a woman for failing its required drug test.  The plaintiff, who filed under the pseudonym Jane Roe, was pulled out of her training class after a week and fired Oct. 18, 2006, because she failed a pre-employment drug test. She had a valid medical-marijuana authorization from a doctor.

Her attorney argued that state law implied employers had to accommodate medical marijuana use outside the workplace. The court disagreed in a 7-1 decision, explaining that the law explicitly permits employers to disallow on-site medical marijuana use, but nothing in the law addresses employee protection for use outside of the workplace.  The call center, Teletech Customer Care, offered no evidence that the marijuana use impaired her ability to work.  Justice Tom Chambers wrote the dissenting opinion, arguing that voters’ intent in passing the medical marijuana law in 1998 was to protect patients prescribed marijuana for medicinal purposes. Chambers recommended that the state legislature review the law to make employee protections explicit.

via : Seattle Times

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