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Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Protects Job Applicant Who Failed Drug Test

In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a federal court has held that the federal marijuana ban does not preempt a Connecticut law protecting job applicants and employees from employment discrimination based on medical marijuana use.

The State of Connecticut "Bans the Box"

Executive Summary: Effective January 1, 2017, Connecticut becomes the latest state to join the “Ban the Box” movement. Pursuant to Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” and Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51i, as of January 1, 2017, it is illegal for private and public sector employers with one or more employees to request information about an applicant’s prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial employment application.

Breaking The "Culture of Silence".

Connecticut is the latest state to recognize the importance of facilitating honest and open employment references. In an attempt to open the lines of communication concerning former employees, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that employers’ comments are privileged and that workers cannot sue for defamation if their former employer makes untrue statements while trying to provide a good-faith assessment.
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