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November 24 2015

"""Zero Tolerance"" Policy On Drugs In Workplace Upheld By Human Rights Tribunal Where Employee Did Not Have ""Marijuana Card"""

"An employee who smoked marijuana on the job without legal and medical authorization was not discriminated against when dismissed under his employer 's ""zero tolerance"" policy, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has held. The employer had a policy of ""zero tolerance for drugs on the work site"" and gave the employee a letter stating that ""if you can 't stop taking drugs on the work site"" and don 't attend at work, then the employee would be considered to have quit. In summary, the Human Rights Code did not require the employer to accommodate the employee by permitting him to smoke marijuana in the workplace without legal and medical authorization. The employee 's human rights complaint was therefore dismissed."