On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of medical marijuana.
The Rhode Island Superior Court recently ruled an employer is prohibited from refusing to hire an applicant because she would potentially fail a pre-employment drug test due to her use of medical marijuana.
On April 25, 2017, OSHA reversed its position that during inspections of non-union workplaces, employees could be represented by anyone selected by the employees, including non-representative outside union agents.
State and local laws protect individuals from discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity. Many jurisdictions—including 20 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 200 cities and counties nationwide—prohibit discrimination.