Lawsuit Filed Against Amazon Over Job Offers Being Pulled Due to Positive Marijuana Tests

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A new class-action lawsuit filed in New York against Amazon alleges that the mega company was violating state law by testing whether or not applicants trying to get jobs at local facilities were using marijuana.

The suit was filed by a man named Michael Thomas, with Thomas contending that a failed drug test from last year caused Amazon to reject him from getting a job as a sorter at a warehouse in Staten Island. Thomas also argues that there’s more than 100 other applicants who can make a similar claim, according to TMZ.

In the complaint, which was filed in Brooklyn federal court, Thomas says he got an offer for the aforementioned position, though it was contingent upon him passing a drug test. He says that test came back positive for cannabis, and Amazon subsequently pulled the offer. New York laws that went into effect on May 10, 2020 say employers can’t test job applicants for marijuana or THC, though there are lots of exceptions for things like (for example) being a cop, or childcare professional, or someone who supervises medical patients

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