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Proposed law would protect some workers, applicants testing positive for marijuana

WZTV - Nashville logo WZTV - Nashville 2/15/2021 Adrian Mojica
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced legislation which would prevent employers from penalizing some employees and applicants if they test positive for marijuana use.

HB1330/SB1359 is sponsored by Representative Torrey C. Harris (D-Memphis) and Senator Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) in their respective houses. The bill states barring other laws, "a public or private employer shall not discriminate against an applicant or employee in hiring, termination, or a term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize an applicant or employee based on a drug test that indicates the use of marijuana by the applicant or employee."

The proposed law would not apply to certain employers such as jobs which are safety-sensitive, school positions which require the supervision of children, violations of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, or if the employee is found to be using marijuana at work.

If passed, the law would go into effect on July 1, 2021.

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