Pittsfield woman sues former employer over medical pot use

February 12th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Pittsfield woman sues former employer over medical pot use

Brittany Thomas says Adecco Group North America would not rehire her after learning she used marijuana for pain

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A Pittsfield woman has sued a former employer for not rehiring her after she told them she uses marijuana for medical reasons.

Augusta attorney Walter F. Mckee

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Augusta attorney Walter McKee filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Somerset County Superior Court, on behalf of Brittany Thomas against Adecco Group North America, a global temporary staffing and recruiting agency.

“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 for 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, 24, had been employed with Adecco in September and October 2011 and was assigned to United Technologies Corporation in Pittsfield where she assembled smoke detectors. She was let go when there was no more work, but was called back months later and asked to return to work. Thomas was eight months pregnant at the time and told them she would have to wait until at least a month after the baby was born.

Prior to the pregnancy, she suffered

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