Walmart Worker Fired Over Medical Marijuana Wins Bias Suit

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 7:22 PM EST) -- An Arizona federal judge chided Walmart Inc. for having a "'complete and bright line' disregard" for anti-discrimination protections in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act when it fired an employee who has been prescribed medical marijuana, but was not proven to be impaired on the job.

The only proof Walmart provided that Carol M. Whitmire was impaired was a human resources professional's interpretation of drug test results, which doesn't constitute an expert, Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg said Thursday. The judge, without Whitmire asking him to, issued summary judgment to her on the discrimination claim.

"In [a previous] order, the...

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