Amazon sued over firing New Jersey warehouse worker for using medical marijuana

A New Jersey man is suing Amazon in a federal courtroom, claiming the mega-firm fired him because of the used medical marijuana prescribed by a medical expert.

The man, who’s acknowledged solely as D.J.C. inside the lawsuit, filed the swimsuit remaining month in Middlesex County Superior Court. The lawsuit was moved to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Friday, per the New Jersey Law Journal.

D.J.C. claims inside the lawsuit that he was prescribed medical marijuana for nervousness and panic points and that he had legally obtained a medical marijuana card. Use of medical marijuana to take care of certain conditions has been approved in New Jersey since 2010.

But when D.J.C. failed a drug verify in August of 2018, he claims he was fired immediately, no matter making an attempt to make clear to his supervisors that he was using marijuana medicinally. He moreover claims that Amazon didn’t give him a chance to disclose prescription medicines earlier to ending the drug verify, even supposing he was instructed he would have the flexibility to reveal prescriptions if his exams obtained right here once more constructive.

After further attempting to make clear his state of affairs, D.J.C. was instructed he may very well be positioned on paid depart comparatively than fired, nonetheless, he was then fired because of the “failed to notify” the company of his medical marijuana use sooner than the drug verify occurred.

D.J.C. is seeking reinstatement, compensatory damages, and punitive damages, along with lawyer’s fees and costs. He claims he’s suffered a “protracted period of unemployment, emotional distress, and has been permanently damaged in his economic potential” on account of Amazon’s option to fireplace him.

Walter Dana Venneman, a New Jersey lawyer representing D.J.C., instructed the Law Journal he believes that Amazon’s apparent “blanket prohibition” on employees using medical marijuana is “flatly illegal”.

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