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Drugs & Discrimination Quiz

The Difference between a Marijuana Addict and the Casual User

SITUATION

During his job interview, an applicant admits to “casual” use of marijuana. The HR director who conducts the interview concludes that the applicant is “addicted to” marijuana and recommends rejection. The firm agrees and doesn’t offer him the job even though he’s not actually an addict and his credentials are otherwise impeccable.

QUESTION

Did the company commit disability discrimination?

Yes, because casual use of marijuana is a disability
Yes, because addiction is a disability and rejection was based on perceived addiction
No, because the applicant wasn’t actually addicted (and thus not disabled)
No, because casual marijuana use renders the applicant unqualified

ANSWER

Rejecting the applicant based on the perception of marijuana addiction is disability discrimination even though the perception was wrong

EXPLANATION

This scenario makes 2 important points for HR managers to keep in mind to avoid ...

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