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Coats v. Dish Network

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Colorado Employers Handed Medical Marijuana Victory

Fisher Phillips • June 24, 2015
On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that employers are still free to prohibit employee marijuana use in their workforces, and can still discipline and terminate employees who test positive for the drug, despite state law permitting its recreational and medicinal use. In so doing, the Court issued an employer-friendly opinion that will have wide-ranging implications for all Colorado employers. Coats v. Dish Network.

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 16, 2015
On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court provided good news to Colorado employers that prohibit employee marijuana use. In the long-awaited decision in Coats v. Dish Network, the court ruled that medical marijuana use—which is permitted under state law but prohibited under federal law—is not a “lawful activity” under Colorado’s lawful activities statute.

Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Right to Discharge Medical Marijuana User Who Tested Positive in Violation of Zero Tolerance Policy

Ogletree Deakins • June 16, 2015
Today, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Coats v. Dish Network, No. 13SC394 (June 15, 2015). The court held that Colorado’s lawful off-duty conduct statute does not prohibit employers from discharging employees who choose to use marijuana for medical purposes off-duty and away from their employers’ places of business, even when there is no evidence that such use affected job performance or that an employee was otherwise impaired while at work.

Up in Smoke? Colorado's Highest Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

Goldberg Segalla LLP • June 16, 2015
In a closely watched case involving the use of medical marijuana by an employee, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the lower courts’ rulings that businesses may fire employees for being under the influence of medical marijuana, even if that use takes place off the job.

Colorado Supreme Court Finds Employers May Fire Medical Marijuana Users

XpertHR • June 16, 2015
In Coats v. Dish Network, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled 6-0 that a medical marijuana user who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back even though both recreational and medical marijuana use are legal in the state.