Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corporation - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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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.

Current Status:
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

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