In a landmark decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled on Monday that an employee who is fired for testing positive for marijuana due to her lawful off-duty use of medical marijuana can pursue a claim of handicap discrimination against her former employer. With the ruling, Massachusetts has become the first state to afford such job protections to workers who lawfully use medical marijuana. Moreover, the ruling essentially precludes Massachusetts employers from adopting blanket drug-free workplace policies.… More
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Has Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use Gone Up in Smoke in Massachusetts?
Since Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, employers have wondered whether the new law would force them to change their drug testing practices. Currently, Massachusetts employers are allowed to conduct post-offer pre-employment drug tests on job applicants and lawfully refuse employment to those who test positive for marijuana use. But, if marijuana is now legal for medical purposes, can employers lawfully discriminate against employees who smoke marijuana to treat medical conditions?… More