Drug-Free Workplace Versus Medical Marijuana -- NFIB Joins Colorado Fight to Protect Employer Policies

Date: June 17, 2014

On May 21, 2014, NFIB filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to uphold previous court decisions on drug policies in the workplace. The case, Coats v. Dish Network, will affect employers that rely on drug policies to discipline employees whose drug tests come back positive.

According to Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s Voice of Small Business, “Employers across the country have their eyes on the outcome of this case, because it will have widespread implications for small businesses."

“If the Colorado Supreme Court rules in Coats’ favor, it would create headaches for small businesses around the nation that would all of a sudden find themselves with employees claiming protected status for their marijuana use. Small-business owners need to be able to protect their business, employees, and customers. We urge the Supreme Court to uphold previous court rulings and stand up for small businesses.”

The amicus brief was joined by NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. NFIB has 7,500 small-business owning members in Colorado.

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