A federal judge ruled that a Connecticut woman’s rights under the state’s medical marijuana law had been violated when a company refused to hire her because she was a cannabis patient.
Katelin Noffsinger filed a suit against Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center, a federal contractor, in 2016 after a job offer was rescinded following a positive pre-employment test for cannabis, reported Mondaq.
Noffsinger had already accepted a management-level position with the company, which then scheduled a drug test, according to Marijuana Moment. She had already informed Bride Brook that she was a legal cannabis patient and was treating post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms following a 2012 car crash.
After being informed by Bride Brook that she could not be hired because of her cannabis use, Noffsinger filed an employment-discrimination lawsuit in state court.
The case was pushed to a federal court when Bride Brook used federal cannabis prohibition laws to justify firing Noffsinger; they also argued protection under the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act saying that if they hired Noffsinger, they would be “defrauding” the federal government.
“Refusing to hire a medical marijuana user because she tested positive on a pre-employment drug test violates Connecticut’s medical marijuana law, a federal court in Connecticut has held, granting summary judgment to the job applicant on her employment discrimination claim,” according to an analysis posted by the Jackson Lewis Law Firm.