ACLU Sues on Behalf of Woman Denied Job for Using Medical Marijuana

February 14th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Employment Agency’s Actions Violate Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law

By ACLU on February 14, 2013
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SKOWHEGAN, ME – The ACLU of Maine and the firm McKee Law, P.A. filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Brittany Thomas, a Pittsfield mother who was denied rehiring by a staffing firm because she uses medical marijuana in accordance with state law.

pot leaf gavelThe lawsuit was filed Somerset County Superior Court against Adecco Group North America, which hires people for temporary employment.

“No patient should be forced to choose between the pain relief she needs to live a normal life, and the employment she needs to support her family,” said Zachary Heiden, legal director of the ACLU of Maine. “And no employer should be forcing itself into the middle of a decision best made by a patient and her doctor.”

Thomas suffers from severe back pain caused by spondylosis, arthritis, two bulging disks, a herniated disk, an annular tear and a pinched nerve. She was originally prescribed narcotic pain medications, but suffered from the side effects and found she had to continually increase her dosage in order to relieve her pain.

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