The Chicago Employment Law Blog

June 2013 Archives

How Can Employers Deal With Complaints of Racism?

Racist complaints are a nasty black mark on any business. Most employers will want to handle the issue as swiftly and diplomatically as possible.

This usually includes terminating those employees who are responsible for racist behavior at work. But Chicago-area employers should consider the following before making any employment decisions:

Medical Marijuana Users Can Be Fired Over Pot, Proposed Law Says

Illinois' medical marijuana bill promises some protections for registered users, but if it's signed into law, employees can still be legally fired for using medical marijuana.

Illinois could be the 19th state to have passed medical marijuana legislation, but the proposed law -- which is currently awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature -- does little to protect medical pot users who will be subject to firings and discipline for their legal use of the drug.