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Workers Rights - June 2016
Two days before Christmas, Michael Hirsch was terminated by his job after testing positive for marijuana. What his job did not care to hear was that Hirsch was prescribed marijuana at night to deal with the pain and cramping from his chemo and radiation to treat his stage 3 prostate cancer.
Despite there never being any complaints regarding Hirsch's performance, nor any sign he was impaired, he was ordered to take a drug test in November, The suspicions arose when Hirsch showed up to a training 10 minutes late, grabbed some leftover Halloween candy, and a trainer noticed a faint smell of marijuana. The smell had been a residual odor on the coat he had worn the evening before.
Co-workers testified to the fact that Hirsch acted normally before and after the training and there was no safety issue or prior offense. Hirsch's union contract held certain rights that helped to protect him in this scenario, "Thank God for the union" Hirsch stated.
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Original source: nwlaborpress.org