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State of Connecticut v. Connecticut Employees Union Independent, (SC 19590)

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Connecticut's Highest Court Reinstates State Employee Fired for Smoking Marijuana at Work

Ogletree Deakins • August 29, 2016
The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently held, by a unanimous decision, that termination was not the only appropriate disciplinary action for a public employee who had been caught smoking marijuana during working hours. In so doing, the court found that despite the state’s “explicit, well-defined and dominant public policy against the possession and recreational use of marijuana in the workplace[,]” discipline less than termination could be appropriate. State of Connecticut v. Connecticut Employees Union Independent, No. 19590, Supreme Court of Connecticut (August 30, 2016).

Connecticut Public Policy Did Not Mandate Termination of Pot-Smoking Public Maintenance Worker

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 24, 2016
According to Connecticut’s highest court, the public policy of the state did not require the termination of a state employee who was caught smoking marijuana during work hours. State of Connecticut v. Connecticut Employees Union Independent, (SC 19590) August 19, 2016 (official release date August 30, 2016). Gregory Linhoff, a skilled maintenance worker at the University of Connecticut Health Center, was terminated after a police officer observed him smoking marijuana from a glass pipe in a state van with the door open.