Amazon illegally tests NYC job applicants for marijuana

By Douglas Lipsky

New York City law makes it illegal for employers to require job applicants to submit to a drug test for marijuana, unless the potential job fits into a few categories.  Driving a commercial vehicle is one example of those exemptions. Amazon is violating this law by requiring those applying for certain warehouse jobs, including being a sortation associate, to submit to a drug test for marijuana.  If you were denied a job for testing positive for marijuana, the company may have violated your rights and you might be entitled to lost wages.

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About the Author
Douglas Lipsky is a co-founding partner of Lipsky Lowe LLP. He has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, unpaid overtime, and unpaid tips. He also represents clients in complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the laws of many different states. If you have questions about this article, contact Douglas today.