Big Marijuana Decision Coming Monday

A highly anticipated Colorado Supreme Court decision on an employee's right to use marijuana will come out Monday.

COLORADO:  A highly anticipated Colorado Supreme Court decision on an employee’s right to use marijuana will come out Monday. Brandon Coats maintains he was improperly fired from his job at Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana. Coats, a quadriplegic, worked as a customer service representative for the company for years. Lower courts Read the full article…

Reality Check On Marijuana

If Coats prevails in his argument that his positive drug test should be allowed under Colorado law, employers throughout that state -- and even the country -- will have a harder time enforcing drug-free work policies.

COLORADO:  Proponents and opponents of the nationwide move to legalize marijuana, recreationally and/or medically, are keeping close eyes on the case of Coats v. Dish Network, slated to be argued before the Colorado Supreme Court tomorrow, Sept. 30. The case revolves around disabled customer-service representative Brandon Coats, 35, who –  after testing positive for marijuana — told his Read the full article…

Colorado Supreme Court To Review “Lawful” Use Of Medical Marijuana

Brandon Coats says he was fired by Dish Network because of off-the-job medical-marijuana use.

COLORADO:  The Colorado Supreme Court agreed on January 27, 2014 to review a case holding that an employer did not violate the state’s “legal activities” law when it dismissed an employee who used “medical marijuana” while off duty. Coats v. Dish Network, No. 13SC394 (CO. Jan. 27, 2014).  For a detailed discussion of the facts of the case and Read the full article…

Fired For Legally Smoking Pot: The Coming Colorado Crackdown

Brandon Coats, right, with his attorney, Michael Evans, left.

COLORADO: On New Year’s Day, Colorado became the first state in which it’s legal to recreationally smoke pot. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a fireable offense. Under U.S. law, private companies can fire employees for almost anything they do at home or at work. And while Colorado has bucked the trend by banning firings for Read the full article…

Fired For Legally Smoking Pot: The Coming Colorado Crackdown

Brandon Coats, right, with his attorney, Michael Evans, left.

COLORADO: On New Year’s Day, Colorado became the first state in which it’s legal to recreationally smoke pot. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a fireable offense. Under U.S. law, private companies can fire employees for almost anything they do at home or at work. And while Colorado has bucked the trend by banning firings for Read the full article…