1. Coats wasn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.
Coats was using prescribed marijuana for a legitimate purpose, but he was fired for violating workplace policy.
2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
An employer is acting unfairly if he fires someone who suffers with anxiety for taking a prescribed medication.
3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
Since alcohol is legal, employees can drink after work and keep their jobs without question, and seeing that marijuana is legal in Colorado, the same should apply to Coats.
4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
Coats should have been able to both treat his ailment and keep his job.
5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
The employer discriminated against Coats by firing him for treating his anxiety-induced spasms with marijuana.
6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.
Coats used marijuana on his own time outside of the workplace, so none of his workmates were harmed by his use.
BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.
7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
The Secret Service agents prevented Omar Gonzalez from penetrating deep into the White House.
8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
The White House refrained from asking the Secret Service for an explanation of how the breach was stopped, but how it occurred is under question.
9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
Secret Service chief Julia Pierson will likely be fired for her incompetence.
10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.
The intruder was only carrying a knife with a four-inch blade, so Secret Service agents used non-lethal force.