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Mass. Sup. Ct.: Fired Medical Marijuana User Can Sue for State Law Handicap Bias

An employee who suffered from Crohn’s disease, a debilitating medical condition for which she had been allowed to use medical marijuana under Massachusetts law, and who was fired after she tested positive for marijuana under her employer’s policy, could advance state-law claims of handicap discrimination, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled.
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Inflexible Maximum Leave Policy Nets Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Connections CSP, Inc., charging the Delaware non-profit that provides health care, housing, and employment opportunities with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by unlawfully denying reasonable accommodations to a class of employees and then firing them under an inflexible maximum-leave policy.
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FMLA Leave Does Not Shield Employee From Disciplinary Action Unrelated To Leave

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina recently held that an employer didn’t interfere with an employee’s rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or retaliate against her by contacting her to schedule her disciplinary hearing while she was on FMLA leave.
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