Weed at Work: Are Marijuana Users the Newest Protected Class?

Thursday 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session Description

Although marijuana use remains illegal as a matter of federal and Missouri law, over 20 percent of the U.S. population now resides in jurisdictions that have elected not only to decriminalize marijuana possession, but also to regulate and sell marijuana as a retail product. Workers in other jurisdictions may be offered marijuana for medical use. Employers may find their drug-free workplace programs are inadequate to address the prospect of a workforce that feels a growing entitlement to and acceptance of marijuana use. We will explore these and other issues and offer practical insights on managing workers in this new era.

Jennifer Chierek Znosko

Jennifer Chierek Znosko is an experienced employment attorney whose practice extends to numerous areas of litigation and employment counseling. As a seasoned attorney and former human resources professional, Jennifer brings a unique and valuable perspective to any personnel challenge faced by employers. The primary focus of Jennifer’s employment practice is wage and hour law. Jennifer’s extensive experience in wage and hour law includes litigation, client counseling, and audits. In addition, Jennifer regularly litigates discrimination and retaliation claims under federal and state law before courts and administrative agencies. Jennifer also advises employers on various human resources matters, including hiring, investigations, and terminations.