Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corporation (2014)
Category: Active Case Discrimination Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs" Workplace Rights
About This Case:
This is a lawsuit on behalf of a URI graduate student who was denied summer employment as a paid intern at Darlington Fabrics in Westerly because of her status as a registered medical marijuana user. The lawsuit argues that “a potential employer’s failure to hire a medical marijuana patient because of, or related to, his or her status as a medical marijuana user and/or cardholder” constitutes disability discrimination in violation of the RI Civil Rights Act, and also violates the medical marijuana law, which protects cardholders from discrimination in employment.
In May 2017, R.I. Superior Court Justice Richard Licht ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The ruling is being appealed.
ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Carly Beauvais Iafrate